How to Beat the Heat

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THE Ministry of Health (MoH) notes that very high temperatures (heated conditions) can be dangerous and advises members of the public on necessary precautions to safeguard their health.

Stay Hydrated By:

  • Eating fruits and vegetables (At least 2-4 servings of fruits daily and eating vegetables with every meal);
  • Drinking at least 8 – 10 glasses of water, daily; and
  • Avoiding drinks with caffeine and alcohol.

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Protect Yourself 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:

  • 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)

During hot weather, remember to check on family, particularly the elderly and children, as very high temperatures can be dangerous to one’s health.


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