Heat warning from Red Cross
By Jacqueline Agathocleous
With temperatures and humidity levels expected to surpass 40 degrees over the weekend, the Cyprus Red Cross Society (CRCS) has warned that it is not just those with vulnerable health who are at risk.
It therefore issued an announcement with a number of precautionary measures civilians need to take during the heat wave to avoid possible health complications.
“Drink more water than you can take,” it advised. “At least five litres a day – soft drinks and caffeine don’t help much. Drink water even if you are not thirsty. Ensure that children and the elderly are also drinking plenty of water.”
For those who work outdoors, the Society advises they consume at least 10 litres of water a day.
“Wear cool clothes, which allow sweat to evaporate easily and remain in the shade as much as possible,” it adds. “If you are exposed to the sun, use highly-protective sun block. If you have burn blisters, don’t touch them; seek medical advice instead.”
Finally, the CRCS advises against strenuous activities during the highest temperatures. “Remember: you could still suffer sunstroke, even if you are drinking enough water.”
Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, nausea, vomiting, cramps and inability to urinate for long periods of time.
To deal with it, the CRCS says one must drink something sweet without gas, taking slow sips at a time, until one is able to urinate properly.
“It you are vomiting, stop drinking liquids and seek medical advice,” it adds.
Sunstroke victims will feel confused, disorientated and generally unwell. “You must call for an ambulance immediately. In the meantime, make the person rest in the shade, loosen his clothes and cool him down.”
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