CHP Issues ‘Very Hot Weather’ Warning, Precautions

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CHP Issues ‘Very Hot Weather’ Warning and Precautions Against Heat Stroke

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) reminds the public, particularly those performing outdoor activities, to take necessary measures against heat stroke and sunburn in this “very hot weather.”

“The public should carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities,” a CHP spokesman said. “Those engaged in strenuous outdoor activities should avoid beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea, as well as alcohol, as they speed up water loss through the urinary system.”

“Children, the elderly, the obese and those with chronic illnesses, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, are more vulnerable to heat stroke. They should pay special attention,” he added.

The public is advised to adopt the following precautions:

  • Wear loose and light-coloured clothing
  • Avoid vigorous exercise and prolonged activities like hiking or trekking
  • Perform outdoor activities in the morning or the late afternoon
  • Open all windows, or use a fan or air-conditioning to maintain good ventilation
  • Do not stay inside a parked vehicle
  • Reschedule work to cooler times of the day

If dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, confusion, or any other symptoms develop, the public is recommended to rest and seek help and medical advice as soon as possible. For more information, contact DH's Health Education Infoline at 2833 0111.

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