Information Heatwave: seasonal precautions

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Département des Affaires Sociales et de la Santé

Ministère d'État
Place de la Visitation
MC 98000 MONACO

Ministry of Health and Social Affairs :
(+377) 98 98 19 19

Fax : (+377) 98 98 19 99

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Département des Affaires Sociales et de la Santé

Ministère d'État
Place de la Visitation
MC 98000 MONACO

Phone : (+377) 98 98 19 19

Fax : (+377) 98 98 19 99

Send us an email
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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). 

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

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
  • Don't let children in direct sunlight
  • 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

Be careful 

  • Regularly update your friends and family on how you are doing, and to seek help as soon as you need it
  • Check up on family, friends and neighbours
  • Help the elderly, children and babies to stay hydrated
  • Do not hesitate to call (on behalf of yourself or someone else who needs assistance) 18 or 112 or the Emergency Unit at Princess Grace Hospital on telephone number 97 98 97 69
Last update: 28/07/2017

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