Discover the instructions you should follow to stay safe in the event of a heatwave.
It's equally important to be prepared for cold weather. Find out how in our video "How to Prepare for a Cold Snap".
When the temperature rises, it's important to take appropriate measures to make sure you stay safe. Find out how in this short video.
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How to Prepare during a Heatwave
In this video, you are going to learn how to prepare during a heatwave
Should someone suffer heatstroke:
Alert the emergency services and follow their instructions
Transport the victim to a cool place
If possible, remove completely, or loosen their clothing
Sprinkle water over them or cover them with dampened clothing, including their head and neck in order to lower their body temperature
If the casualty is still conscious, give them some water to drink
If the casualty is not conscious but is still breathing normally, put them in the recovery position while awaiting the arrival of the emergency services
Here are the preventative measures you can take during periods of intense heat:
- Lower blinds and curtains, and close window shutters
If possible, ventilate, or even air-condition, at least one room
Keep the windows closed as long as the interior temperature is cooler than the temperature outside
Create air currents when the outdoor air temperature is cooler than the indoor temperature
Avoid going out during the hottest periods of the day, which are: between 11am-6pm
If it is not possible to cool down in your home, spend at least two hours per day in a cooler place such as public air-conditioned spaces
Avoid physical exericise
If you go out: take a bottle of water with you, cover your head, and wear protective sun cream
Take cool showers and baths at regular intervals throughout the day without drying yourself off
Drink regularly - at least 1.5 litres (50fl.oz.) per day
Do not consume any alcohol, coffee or overly sugary drinks
If you are in the company of elderly people, infants or young children, be particularly vigilant since heatstroke can take hold very quickly
In all instances, follow the advice of the local authorities.