Ahmedabad is sizzling hot with temperatures nearing 44°C. With chances of a heat wave in the next 36 hours, its time to prepare yourself to beat the heat before it beats you. Take these measures to protect yourself and your family from this heat wave:
1. Stay Hydrated:
Drink plenty of fluids especially water at regular intervals. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink water to decrease the risk of dehydration. You can also eat fruits and vegetables with high water content to stay hydrated.
2. Stay Cool
Wear loose fitting cotton clothes, which are light in colour. Take more than 1 shower a day to feel refreshed. Avoid any intense activities that heat up the body and dehydrate you. When in the sun, use a hat or an umbrella to protect yourself. If exposed to extreme heat, place a cool wet cloth over your head to help you cool off.
3. Keep the house cool
Keep the house cool by using fans, water coolers and air conditioners. As soon as the sun hits your building in the morning, close all windows and keep exterior doors and windows closed throughout the hottest part of the day. Don’t let unwanted heat enter the house by putting curtains on all the windows. Do this until the sun sets in the evening and it’s cool enough to open the windows for the night.
4. Avoid outdoors
Try to not step out in the sun during the afternoon. Instead reschedule your work for early morning or late evening. Do not leave children in cars parked under direct sunlight; the temperatures inside a car are higher.
5. Watch out for symptoms of heat illness
Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash, red and hot dry skin and heat cramps (muscle cramps). Watch for symptoms like fainting, vomiting, headache, rapid breathing, extreme thirst and decreased urination. If you or someone around you is experiencing these symptoms, call a doctor immediately. If the symptoms are extreme, call 108 for immediate help.
Stay safe Ahmedabad, the sun’s heat may cause severe damage to their health.