The Malta Independent 23 September 2019, Monday

High temperature alert: Health precautionary measures

Monday, 10 June 2019, 07:47 Last update: about 5 months ago

As the temperature continues to rise, the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate would like to advise the public on the importance on taking the necessary precautions to stay healthy and avoid adverse consequences from the effects of the heat. It is important to keep well hydrated during the hot months which follow.

The expected temperature is 36 degrees as announced by the MetOffice.

High temperatures cause water to be lost from the body at quick rates resulting in dehydration. It can also lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke. The heat can affect everyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm including older people, babies, young children and people with chronic conditions.

To avoid the effects of the heat wave it is important to:

                Keep out of the heat by avoiding any unnecessary exposure to the sun during hot periods of the day usually between 11.00am until 4.00pm.

                Stay cool by staying in the coolest parts of the home and work

                Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler

                Drink fresh clear water regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food such as salads

                Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks can make situation worse.

                Wear light loose fitting clothing.

                never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

                avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day and opt for indoor physical activity

                walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to go out in the heat

                Seek medical advice if you have any concerns


It is also advised to check regularly on older people especially if they live alone and those more at risk


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