The mercury level is rising by the day. Heat waves are forcing people to stay indoor. How can you help yourself beat this scorching heat? Urging people to protect themselves during the heat wave conditions, here are some tips to follow this season.
* Keep a watch on weather alert for the heat wave and hot wind on TV, radio and newspapers.
* Drink sufficient water.
* Wear light coloured cotton clothes. Take protective measures by wearing coolers, caps and slippers. Do not forget the umbrella.
* Take water with you while travelling.
* Wear cap and use an umbrella while you are at work outside in the sun. Cover your head, face and legs with wet clothes to protect yourself in extreme heat.
* To avoid dehydration, drink lassi, porridge, lemon juice or buttermilk.
* Symptoms of heatstroke are tiredness, throbbing headache, dizziness and light-headedness, lack of sweating despite the heat, rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak. If you feel dizzy, contact the nearest doctor immediately.
* Make sure that your pet is under ample shade and give them enough water to drink.
* Use curtains at home and lessen the heat inside. Open your windows during the night.
* Use damp clothes and fans. Take bath in cold water.
* Drink cool water at work.
* Avoid working in direct sunlight.
* Take enough breaks if working outside in the sun.
* Pregnant women and patients should take extra care to protect themselves from the scorching heat.
* Don’t leave your pets or children inside a parked car.
* Avoid going out from 12 to 3 pm.
* Avoid wearing black, heavy and tight clothes.
* Avoid difficult work when the heat is high.
* Avoid cooking during the heat. Open the doors and windows of the kitchen while cooking.
* Avoid coffee, tea, alcohol or soft drinks which dehydrate the body.
* Do not consume protein-rich food and stale foods that are not preserved properly.