Tips to prevent 'Heatstroke'

Tips to prevent from 'Heatstroke'
Karachi: As scorching weather and heatwaves hit parts of the country, emergency rooms see a spike in heat-related illnesses. Summer can bring on heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke, exhaustion and dehydration.

Once again, Karachi is bracing for sweltering weather, in the wake of Cyclone Vayu, according to the MET office. The mercury can shoot up to 41 to 42-degree centigrade in the city.

Here are some tips to  prevent from Heatstroke:

Stay covered


Try to stay indoors, and if you need to be outside don’t spend extended amounts of time without shade. Keep your skin covered against the sun.

Wear light clothes



Wear pale-coloured, comfortable, lightweight clothing (for example, made of cotton or linen) that let air circulate around your body. Keep your clothing loose and breezy, so you don't feel suffocated in the humid heat.

Also, always remember to protect your head by wearing a hat or a cap when go outside during the day.


Find shade



During a heatwave, stay out of the sun and the heat during the hottest hours of the day, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Find cool or air-conditioned areas like shopping centres, cinemas or shady parks.

Keep your living area cool


Open your windows wide at night to let the fresh air in and close the curtains during the day to keep out the heat. Use a fan to keep the air circulating and, if you can, turn on the air conditioner.

Stay hydrated


Drink about two litres of liquid per day. Choose water or fruit juices, and avoid beverages containing caffeine because they increase the risk of dehydration.