Surviving Hot Weather

Malaysia has a classic equatorial climate with high temperatures and wet months throughout the year. Temperatures at sea level range from 21ºC to 32ºC, whilst at higher elevations it is much cooler with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. However, the recent temperature of the country is so high and it had been achieved 35ºC. Therefore, some preventive measures to avoid illnesses must be taken.

PREVENT HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES

Warm weather means activities and fun under the sun! Whether you love warm outdoors, or find it hot and sticky, everyone must be careful not to let a heat-related illness spoil the day. Below are some tips to prevent a heat-related illness:

  1. NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. A closed vehicle can reach over 60 ºC within minutes.
  2. Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy.
  3. Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  4. Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid large portion of foods atone point of time to avoid increase metabolic heat. Avoid salty foods.
  5. Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning.
  6. Stay indoors when possible. Air conditioning provides the safest escape from extreme Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation. Vacuum filters weekly during periods of high use to provide more cool air.
  7. Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing the signals of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place. Remember, have fun, but stay cool!

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