Heat health warning issued as the temperatures continue to rise

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Summer heat health warning issued for expected high temperaturesWith the maximum temperature expected to keep rising over the coming, the Health Division has issued advice for the public on the importance of keeping well hydrated during the hot summer months.

The Authorities warned that the heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm, these include older people, babies and young children, people with chronic conditions and those that are physically active.

One of the problems is that water can be lost from the body at quick rates resulting in dehydration in high temperatures. This can also lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

To avoid the effects of the expected hot weather the Health Division said that it is important to:

• Keep out of the heat by avoiding any unnecessary exposure to the sun during hot periods of the day usually between 11.00am till 4.00pm.

• Stay cool by staying in the coolest parts of the home and work

• Drink regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food

• Seek advice if you have any concerns.

The Authorities are also urging people to check regularly on elderly people, especially if they live alone and those more at risk.

If anyone requires medical assistance or advice on heat related symptoms, they can do so by visiting their nearest Government health centre.

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