Protect Yourself From Heat Stroke
As the temperatures are forecast in the 30 degree range this week combined with high humidity levels, health officials are reminding you to protect yourself against heat exposure. Heat-related illnesses such as Heat Exhaustion occur when a person cannot transfer enough heat away from their bodies through sweating and blood flow to the skin. People who work outdoors or exercise regularly in the heat are at greater risk of heat exposure. Infants and younger children, elderly, obese persons and persons with chronic diseases are also vulnerable since their bodies do not transfer heat as effectively. Meanwhile, Heat Stroke is a form of Heat Exhaustion. If you have stopped sweating, have a headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea and red, hot, dry skin, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Safety tips include: Consuming plenty of water; Avoid strenuous activity in hot, humid weather or during the hottest part of the day (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.); Wear light-coloured, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and a hat, preferably with a wide brim; Take frequent breaks in the shade, visit a mall or other air conditioned facility to cool down; Cool yourself off by taking a cool shower, bath or sponge bath; Avoid consumption of coffee, colas, and alcohol as they tend to dehydrate the body.
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