In the event of heatwaves

Heat leads to health problems as it alters the body's temperature regulation system. Usually, the body cools itself by sweating, but under certain environmental conditions, this mechanism is insufficient. If, for example, humidity is very high, sweat evaporates slowly. Thus, the body does not cool efficiently, and body temperature can rise so high that vital organs are damaged. A person's ability to thermoregulate is affected by age, health conditions, and medication intake. Those at risk are the elderly or non-self-sufficient, people who regularly take medications, babies and young children, and those who exercise or do intense work outdoors.

For this reason, during days when a high risk of heat waves is expected and for the next 24 to 36 hours, we advise you to follow these simple rules:

  • Do not go outside during the hottest hours, from 12 noon to 6 p.m., especially for older people, very young children, and people who are not self-sufficient or recovering;
  • Protect yourself from the sun's heat at home with curtains or blinds, and keep the air conditioner at 25-27 degrees. If you use a fan, do not point it directly at your body;
  • Drink and eat plenty of fruit, and avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine. In general, eat light meals.
  • Wear light-colored, light-weight clothing and hats outdoors, avoiding synthetic fibers. If a sick person is with you at home, ensure they are not overly covered.