We need to maintain our body temperatures within the optimal range (safety limits). In this hot climate, we need to be aware of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- shortness of breath, and
- mental confusion.
When the body temperature reaches 41°C or higher, there will be convulsion or unconsciousness, indicating that the person is under a heat stroke, which can be fatal. Obese, sick, old and young persons are more easily affected. The body temperature must be brought down immediately by emergency medical intervention, or else the person's life will be in great danger.
- Maintain good ventilation.
- Avoid vigorous exercise in hot or stuffy environments.
- Protect yourself from direct sunlight, wear a hat or use an umbrella while going outdoors.
- Drink plenty of fluid to prevent dehydration, especially when performing physical activities.
- Seek medical attention if unwell.