Saturday 17 August, 2019

Heat wave season: 12 tips to avoid heat stroke

Summer 2019 is gearing up to be one of the hottest on record and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued a statement warning the region to prepare for heat waves.  

The Caribbean has already begun to feel the heat with Jamaica and Barbados experiencing never before felt levels of heat in June and May respectively.  

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As the heat wave phenomenon becomes a reality, Barbadians are urged to follow these tips to avoid falling victim to a heat stroke. 

-Stay tuned to weather alerts and forecasts daily.  

-If possible, avoid sun exposure between 11 am and 4 pm. 

-Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

-Do not leave children, older persons or animals in parked vehicles.  

-Check on animals regularly. Ensure they have adequate water and are kept out of the sun. 

-Do not exercise or engage in intense outdoor activities without proper protection. 

-Be sure to drink water every two hours, even if you aren’t thirsty. 

-Eat small meals and eat more often.

-Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

-Visit locations where air-conditioning is available such as malls, libraries and restaurants. 

-Keep the home cool by covering windows during the day and using air conditioners or fans during the hottest hours. 

-If you have a chronic disease and take drugs, consult your doctor. 

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