Global warming has led to many heat waves in the country. The situation is expected to get worse and with the prevailing water scarcity, there is a dire need to protect ourselves from the heat.
Here are a list of things that you can do to protect yourself from the heat wave in the country:
- Never leave children or pets in enclosed spaces. Try to sit in open spaces or under the shade of trees. Make sure that your sitting space is ventilated. During sun rise, close all doors and windows, making sure to close curtains and blinds as well, to keep the indoors cool for as long as possible. When the outside air cools to a lower temperature than inside (usually in the evenings or at night), open up the windows.
- Avoid caffeine and energy drinks. Stick to water only and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
- You can also make a homemade “air conditioning” system, sit in the path of a box fan that is aimed at an open cooler, or pan filled with ice.
- Fill buckets with water and soak your feet in it. Wet towels and bandanas also have a cooling impact-consider keeping a spray bottle with water for cold spritzes throughout the day.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes-which means do not step into the shower immediately after coming from outside.
- Don’t eat large, protein-rich meals that can increase metabolic heat and warm the body.
- Wear light colored, light weight and loose fitting clothes because they absorb less sunlight.
- If you work outdoors then take breaks and if you can, stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.
- Head downstairs. Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a home will be warmer than the ground floor. A basement can be a cool refuge from the midday heat.
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