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Protect the Elderly, Small Children, and Pets from Heat Wave: Citizens advised to take special precautions

May 28, 2024 06:18 PM
Protect the Elderly, Small Children, and Pets from Heat Wave: Citizens advised to take special precautions

Punjab Newsline, Chandigarh, May 28 -
The Meteorological Department has predicted extreme heat and heat waves in the coming days. In response, the Haryana government has advised citizens to take special precautions and ensure their safety.
According to the advisory issued by the Health Department, avoid strenuous activities when temperatures are high. Refrain from consuming substances like tea, coffee, and carbonated soft drinks that deplete the body's water levels. Avoid high-protein and stale foods. Be aware of the signs of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat rash, which can include symptoms like weakness, dizziness, headache, and seizures. If you feel faint or unwell, seek medical attention immediately.
The advisory emphasizes the importance of taking special precautions due to the sudden temperature rise. Citizens are urged to make necessary arrangements to protect themselves from the heat. Special care should be taken of young children and the elderly. It is crucial to drink enough water to prevent heatstroke, even if you do not feel thirsty. Wear light-colored, loose, and porous cotton clothing. When going out in the sun, use protective gear such as sunglasses, an umbrella or hat, and appropriate footwear. Avoid strenuous activities when the temperature is high, and do not leave the house during the hot afternoon unless necessary. Keep water with you while traveling and avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, and carbonated soft drinks. If you work outdoors, use a hat or umbrella and keep a damp cloth on your head, neck, face, and limbs.
Additionally, do not leave children or pets in parked vehicles. If you feel faint or sick, consult a doctor immediately. Use ORS and homemade drinks like lassi, torani (rice water), lemon water, and chaach to rehydrate. Ensure animals are kept in the shade and have plenty of water. Keep your home cool by using curtains, shutters, or sunshades, and open windows at night. Use fans, wear wet clothes, and take frequent baths with cold water. Citizens should also care for pets and birds by providing water in areas where birds frequently visit to drink.

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