Hot Spell: Make Sure Children Hydrated

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SCHOOLS are being advised to take note of the Hot Spell warning issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS).

It comes from the Ministry of Education on Friday following the first Hot Spell Warning yellow level alert that came into effect from 10.20 am  that day.

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The ministry stated in a media release that parents, teachers and administrators should take precautionary measures beyond those already being implemented, if required, to safeguard staff and students against the effects of  high temperatures.

These measures may include but are not restricted to:  

  • Ensuring students remain hydrated (students should be advised to drink cool water, not sweetened or carbonated beverages);

  • Utilising any available outdoor shaded spaces for class time where possible. (Adjustments to normal school operations may be required during this period); 

  • Monitoring students’ exposure to direct sunlight; and 

  • Vigilance in monitoring students and staff for signs of heat-related illness 

The Ministry of Health also issued precautionary measures to protect against high temperatures.

The Ministry of Health is advising the public to stay hydrated by eating fruits and vegetables (at least two to four servings of fruits daily and eating vegetables with every meal), drinking at least eight to 10 glasses of water, daily and avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.

Persons should also protect themselves from the heat by avoiding strenuous exercise during the hottest times of the day usually 10 am to 3 pm), staying indoors or in shaded areas, when possible, taking frequent breaks or using hats and umbrellas while working outdoors, wearing loose-fitting, lightweight, light coloured clothing and wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 and above.

The public is also advised to be aware of the signs of heat stroke and or heat exhaustion which include:

  • High body temperature (39 °C or higher)

  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin

  • Fast, weak pulse (heat exhaustion)

  • Fast, strong pulse (heat stroke)

  • Tiredness or weakness

  • Headache

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Muscle cramps

  • Dizziness and confusion

  • Fainting (passing out)

The Ministry of Health also advises: “During hot weather, remember to check on family, particularly the elderly and children, as very high temperatures can be dangerous to one’s health.”

The hot spell alert is expected to last util September 29 and the TTMS informed the public that there will be low rainfall for the next 15 days.


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