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Safety tips during rising summer temperatures

Keeping safe during heat waves is imperative with the weather shifting more towards summer temperatures.

Heat waves are prolonged periods of unusually high temperatures in an area.

They can negatively affect one’s body should one not exercise enough care with young children and people who are sick, with the elderly being the most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

The South African Weather Service has provided some tips for staying safe during extended unusually hot days:

  • Stay indoors in well-ventilated or air-conditioned rooms if possible.
  • If working outside, take regular breaks in the shade.
  • Avoid playing strenuous sports or engaging in excessive manual labour, as one runs the risk of heat exhaustion or sunstroke.
  • Dress in cool, lightweight clothes which are not constricting.
  • Wear a hat, preferably one with a wide brim, and generously apply sunblock if you need to be outdoors for any length of time.
  • Remain adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids but avoid alcohol.
  • Outside playtime for children should ideally be restricted or prohibited between 10:00 and 16:00.
  • The aged as well as infants are particularly vulnerable to dehydration and heatstroke and should be afforded extra care and attention during prolonged spells of hot weather.
  •  If you or anyone experiences heat-related issues such as dizziness, fainting, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, muscle cramps or rapid heartbeat, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

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