Soumya Prakash Pradhan

In this summer, all cities are sizzling, making it scary for people to leave their homes due to the risk of heatstroke.

Recently, in Jharsuguda district, Odisha, temperatures soared to 42.2 degrees Celsius.

To combat this heat, various authorities, including the Ministry of Health, medical advisors, and the Meteorological Department, have offered advice. Here's what you need to know:

The Ministry of Health, on their platform 'X', recently tweeted: "Beat the heat with hydration and awareness! Remember to stay cool and avoid crowds. Avoid direct sun exposure and overcrowding. Ensure access to water, food, and shade. Seek medical care if experiencing heat-related symptoms."

  1. When outdoors, it is crucial to stay hydrated. Encourage children to drink plenty of water, keeping water bottles handy for regular sips throughout the day.
  2. Seek shade when outdoors, utilising trees or umbrellas to shield from direct sunlight. Limit outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the hottest parts of the day.
  3. Dress appropriately in lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton. Light-collared clothing reflects sunlight, aiding in keeping cool.
  4. Apply sunscreen with high SPF to exposed skin, reapplying every two hours, especially if sweating or swimming.
  5. Opt for flip-flops or sandals for comfort and to prevent sweaty feet. Wearing a cap not only adds style but also protects from the sun.
  6. Don sunglasses to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  7. Indoors, keep spaces cool using fans, air conditioners, or opening windows for airflow. Use damp towels or take cool baths to lower body temperature on particularly hot days.

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