Heatwaves can hammer you

2018-01-24 06:00

OVER the past month or so the temperatures have hit the high thirties - certainly making life uncomfortable for many.

The following information, although not cooling, just might be of use when the thermometer hits another high:

MAIN RISKS POSED BY A HEATWAVE:

• dehydration (not having enough water);

• overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing; and

• heat exhaustion and heatstroke

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

• older people, especially those over 75;

• babies and young children;

• people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems;

• people with mobility problems, for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke;

• people with serious mental health problems;

• people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control;

• people who misuse alcohol or drugs; and

• people who are physically active, for example, labourers or those doing sports.

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