Safety measures during the Heat (summer) period
The summer period can be extreme in some places and we need to maintain our ‘cool’ to pass through it. These are some tips on what to do to ‘keep your head above the heat’
- Drink lots of fluids especially water to stay hydrated.
- Limit your exposure to sunlight and if you must stay out in the sun, endeavour to use sun screen protection, hats and glasses as over exposure to sunlight can lead to heat exhaustion or stroke. Their symptoms include (but not limited to): dizziness, light-headedness, fainting, confusion etc.
- Smoke (if you must) only at designated points and dispose of your cigarette stub(s) adequately to prevent wild fires.
- Always dress lightly and if possible avoid colours that can trap heat.
- Make sure you don’t over dress the little ones and when at home you can, use talcum/soothing powder liberally on their body concentrating on areas that are prone to moisture to prevent prickly heat.
- Ensure you clean the vents and if possible empty your air conditioner’s filter regularly to prevent Respiratory Tract Infections.
- Also make sure your fan blades are dust free at all times to ensure clean air is always circulated. If you use filters to cover your fan, ensure your wash it regularly.
- Summer periods are great periods for barbeque so go the extra mile to make sure that the briquettes/charcoal used for your barbeque are adequately extinguished to prevent fires.
- A lot of people leave/are tempted to leave their doors open, so if you must, be very vigilant to make sure you do not let creepy crawlies into your house.
- As always, ensure you maintain adequate food hygiene and always cover and dispose of food properly (as flies abound during the hot seasons) to prevent diarrhoeal disease.
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