SURVIVAL GUIDE: How to survive a heatwave

Wear the appropriate clothing and ensure you use sunscreen. Photo: Pixabay / chezbeate

JOHANNESBURG – High temperatures will be experienced across the Western Cape on Thursday leading up to the weekend as the province battles a severe drought.

ER24 warned residents and holidaymakers across the Western Cape, urging them to be cautious when outdoors.

READ: Heatwave heading to Cape Town

Temperatures are expected to rise up to 39-degrees Celsius in Cape Town on Thursday with surrounding areas such as Worcester, Langebaan and Vredendal going up to as 46 degrees.

The emergency medical service says heat exhaustion could lead to serious complications.

“Severe heat exhaustion could lead to, for example, heat stroke and this could be life threatening,” ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.

Here are a few tips to follow to fight the heat-wave

• Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
• Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children. Ensure they stay well hydrated as well.
• Remember to ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool clean water to drink as well.
• Try to stay out of direct sunlight.
• Wear the appropriate clothing and ensure you use sunscreen.
• Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep hydrated.
• If you are going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and that of children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.
• Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle even with a window open.

Severe heat stroke or exhaustion symptoms include severe headache, weakness or disorientation. Meiring has since urged for the monitoring of these signs to be taken seriously and given medical assistance.

• Severe headache
• Weakness or disorientation
• Nausea or vomiting
• Muscle cramps
• Severe thirst

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