Heatwave: Holidaymakers warned to take necessary precautions

Image: Chanté Petersen
Image: Chanté Petersen
 

Cape Town - With the heatwave currently being experienced across several parts of the country, ER24 has warned outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious.

News24 reported how a woman had to be airlifted off Table Mountain by Skymed after having a heat stroke.  The woman was found in a critical condition. She was treated, stabilised and airlifted back down where she was handed over to ER24 paramedics. 

ER24 urged the public to remember that heat exhaustion can lead to serious complications. Severe heat exhaustion could lead to heat stroke and that may in turn result in a person losing consciousness, experiencing seizures or going into cardiac arrest. 

READ: 7 Tips for travellers to survive South Africa's water restrictions

Holidaymakers are urged to reconsider their plans if it involves being outdoors for long periods of time. 

ER24 says people should monitor their physical well-being, and treat severe headache, weakness or disorientation, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting or severe thirst before more severe symptoms are detected. If these symptoms persist, medical assistance should be sought as soon as possible. 

Symptoms may also include the absence of sweating due to dehydration and confusion. 

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Tips:

Water is number one on the list. Remember to stay hydrated.
Try to stay out of direct sunlight. If you are outside, seek shade or shelter. Also remember to use sunscreen for extra protection. 
Wear loose clothing, a wide brimmed hat if outside and sunglasses.
If you are in an office or at home, ensure that the area around you is well ventilated.
Do not let children play outside in direct sunlight. Ensure that they are hydrated.
Keep an eye on babies and the elderly.

SEE: 20 SA water-wise parks to love this summer

ER24 can be contacted on 084 124 for any medical emergency.

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