Monday, 8 June 2015

Help, a heat wave!

San Cooreman
Summer is coming, and we look forward all together. A bike ride with friends, a trip to the sea with the (grand) children, a barbecue with the family, yes, even a hefty scrubbing of the garden terrace. It's so much fun at a fine weather. But what if the clapper pass and a real heat wave replaces that blissful summer breeze? Being alert is the message. Dehydration, heat stress or heat stroke can occur. San Cooreman - Family Assistance provides help in the heat!


5 in a row

The Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) speaks of a heat wave when at least five consecutive days reach at least 25 degrees. At least three of them, the temperature is 30 degrees or more. If this is the case, then the RMI sends a warning from heat in the media. That almost always accompanied by a warning to ozone peaks.

Risk groups

Children, people over 65 and people suffering from chronic illness are at risk at extreme temperatures

Children, people over 65 and people with chronic illnesses such as asthma or diabetes, should be careful in extreme temperatures. Children are more sensitive to heat because they can not properly regulate their body heat. As you get older one day, this power will be reduced again. In addition, older people are less thirsty incentives and they therefore often do not drink enough. In chronically ill some medications can increase the risk of dehydration. Note, too young (er) healthy people can get difficult to heat. Prevention is so important to us all.

How do you recognize dehydration, heat stress or heat stroke?

Headaches, cramps in your stomach or arms, and exhaustion are signs of dehydration or heat stroke. Take Immediately Action!

Speaking of dehydration when you no longer have enough water in your body. When heat stress or heat stroke affects your body overheat and fail you not to cool yourself. Symptoms of overheating, you should always take seriously. Especially at risk can occur very rapidly , cause severe complications. A heat stroke can even be fatal.

Do you recognize in yourself or someone else one or more of the following symptoms, then grab immediately:
Dry mouth, excessive thirst, headache ... This indicates dehydration.
Cramps in the abdomen, arms or legs.
Exhaustion: dizzy, weak and weary, a rapid pulse or possibly lose consciousness.
Correct intervention is done by moving the person out of the sun and / or removing the heat and bring to a cool place. Let him drink water, refresh with a damp cloth. Call a physician.

Prevention is better than cure: 5 Tips

A heat wave calls for common sense. We all have. With these tips, you can also protect yourself adequately:
  1. /82/Welzijn/Drinken.jpgDrink regularly even if you are not thirsty. Water remains the best choice. Alcohol, coffee and sugary soft drinks are not suitable. Did you know drink does drink? A useful tip if one of your roommates should drink more. Set a good example.
  2. Eat enough, even if you feel less hungry by the heat. Eating fruit is a good idea. It always tastes.
  3. Provide cooling and refreshment. Try to keep the heat out of the house by using proper sun protection. Wear light cotton clothing. Refresh your forehead with a damp cloth. Take a refreshing shower.
  4. Take it easy during heat peaks. Live at a slower pace: a siesta can! Avoid (heavy) exercise. Did you have anything planned? Suppose then off to the greatest heat is over.
  5. Stay out of the sun. Should you still go out, go for shady spots. Sun cream and wear a hat and sunglasses.

Caregivers are alert

Drink and eat enough, even if you are not thirsty or not feeling hungry. Water and fruit are an absolute must!

Did you know that nursing homes have a heat protocol? In it they describe the actions they take in extreme heat for residents. Also in family caregivers to be alert. For example, for example, caregivers and domestic workers of Family Assistance ensure that their clients drinking enough or they provide some cooling off with a refreshing foot bath.

Summer Excursion with your grandchildren? So you keep it safe!

Even on days when the temperature not provides worrying peaks, keep it safe in the sun. Some tips:
Plan your trip so that you are in the heat of the day (within) have shelter.
Choose as much as possible for a spot in the shade.
Lubricate your sunblock with a high protection factor. Repeat regularly, even if you're playing or in the shade.
Wear light cotton clothing. Protect your head with a hat or sun hat and wear sunglasses with good UV filter. The eyes of small children must be protected.
Drink plenty of water. A water ice is a good idea to get extra moisture. Your grandchildren will love this too!
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