• Mervyn

HEAT - How can we Cope??

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

Image Reference - ‘ADRCRSV35A’ of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from Educational Website - 'Emkay Collection' -

As our Planet’s temperature is increasing around the World, it is now mandatory to ensure that we are ALL subject to formulate our own Comfortable and Appropriate Environmental regulations.

Below are some guidelines to assist us all: -

Dealing with extremely Hot Weather and avoiding Heat Exhaustion

and Heat Stroke.

UK - NHS Link: -

Tips for coping in hot weather

The following tips for keeping cool and comfortable in hot weather are mostly taken from the NHS choices website and can help you reduce the risk from extremely hot weather on holiday:

Shut windows and pull curtains shut and/or pull down the blinds when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation, when it is cooler.

If you are working for long periods of time indoors, direct an Air circulation Fan towards you, but ensure that it is regulated depending on inside temperatures.

Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day), if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.

Have cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water.

Drink cold drinks regularly, preferably water, also fruit juices. It is good advice to avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.

If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply appropriate sun protection products and wear a hat and preferably keeping all skin covered by appropriate clothing.

Don't leave anyone in a parked car. (that includes Pets)

Avoid extreme physical exertion, unless you have regulated ventilation.

Sprinkle water over your skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck

Ensure that vulnerable Children and Adults (and people with learning difficulties) are provided with the appropriate knowledge regarding the ‘Tips’ above.


The difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat exhaustion is when the temperature inside the body rises above the normal 37°C (98.6 F), but remains lower than 40°C (104 F). This causes levels of water and salt in the body to fall and can make you feel sick, faint or sweat heavily. According to NHS Choices, once taken to a cool place and given water, a person with heat exhaustion should start feeling better

within half an hour.

If left untreated, a person with heat exhaustion could develop heat stroke which is far more serious. Heat stroke means that the body can no longer cool itself and starts to overheat. Heat stroke can, if left untreated, lead to organ failure, brain damage and even death. Heat stroke should be treated as a medical emergency.

Good Advice – 'Prevention' is much better that Cure

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