Tips to Remember as the Heat Rises

The sun is essential in our day-to-day lives but too much exposure to it could be very damaging. And one thing that we should meticulously try to avoid is heat stroke especially now that the Singaporean heat is increasingly hotter.

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So to prevent heat stroke and any heat-related illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has these tips to follow.

1. Drink more fluids, unless your doctor tells you otherwise due to some medical condition.

2. Don’t drink alcoholic fluids or those containing high amounts of sugar because these are actually diuretics which cause you to urinate more and lose more body fluid.

3. If you’ve got no reason to go outside then just stay indoors especially during the hottest time of the day. And if possible it’s much better to stay in an air-conditioned place to help your body stay cooler.

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4. Electric fans do provide a little comfort but when the temperature rises to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and higher, it is much better to move to an air-conditioned room or to take a cool shower instead.

5. Wear clothes which are lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting as these don’t retain much heat.

6. Don’t stay and don’t leave anyone especially children in a closed, parked vehicle.

7. If possible, limit your outdoor activities to specific hours of the day when the heat isn’t too high such as during mornings or evenings.

8. If outdoors in the morning, try to stay in shady areas as much as possible.

9. Don’t forget to protect yourself from the rays of the sun by applying sunscreen and wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

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