How to beat the heat

With the high temperatures in South Africa during our summertime, ER24 is urging people to be cautious when outdoors.

Heat exhaustion could lead to serious complications. Severe heat exhaustion could lead to, for example, heat stroke and this could be life threatening. Here are a few tips to follow to beat the heat:

  • 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 signs or symptoms include the following:

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

Monitor people who have these symptoms. Persisting symptoms should be taken seriously and medical assistance should be sought.

Contact ER24 on 084 124 for any medical emergency.

Always monitor and pay close attention to official weather alerts issues by the South African Weather Service.