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Heatwave: seasonal precautions

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A few simple steps to prevent accidents in case of hot weather.

Very hot weather can have implications for your health. As well as the usual symptoms of fatigue, it can also cause serious conditions (heatstroke, dehydration). 

Humidity and air pollution intensify the effects of heat. 

In addition, pregnancy, some diseases and taking certain medicines can, in very hot weather, have an adverse effect on your health.

Protect yourself during the hottest hours of the day:

  • Avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day (11 am to 5 pm). Try, if possible, to take a siesta and relax in a cool place
  • Avoid outdoor activities which require a lot of energy (sport, gardening, DIY, etc.)
  • Wear a hat and light, loose cotton clothing in pale colours
  • Keep your home cool (close windows and shutters during the day, open them in the evening and at night if it is cooler)
  • If the indoor temperature is above 32°C, fans will not counteract the oppressive heat because they will move the air around without cooling it and speed up dehydration
  • If possible, hose down your terrace and balcony in the evening, after sunset, particularly those which face west
  • Check that your fridge is working correctly

Keep yourself cool:

  • Take regular cool (but not cold) showers or baths
  • Spray yourself with a water spray or use a wet flannel to cool your body several times a day
  • Spend 2–3 hours a day in a cool place (department stores, cinemas, public spaces, etc.)

Drink and continue to eat:

  • Drink at least 1.5 litre of water every day
  • Drink water regularly, do not wait until you are thirsty
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, coffee, tea and fizzy or sugary drinks, as these can cause dehydration
  • Make sure you eat enough; opt for cold food which contains a lot of water (fruit, raw vegetables, etc.)
  • Keep away from sources of heat (e.g. ovens)

Seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist:

  • With regard to any medicines you are taking, even those which are sold over the counter
  • In the event of any unusual symptoms

Do not hesitate:

  • To regularly update your friends and family on how you are doing, and to seek help as soon as you need it
  • To help the elderly, children and babies to stay hydrated
  • To contact (on behalf of yourself or someone else who needs assistance) the Emergency Unit at Princess Grace Hospital on telephone number 97 98 99 00

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