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Medical Service recommendations for coping with the heatwave

Tallinna Kiirabi (Tallinn Emergency Medical Service) points out that with the current exceptionally hot weather, people should be very careful in the sun and drink plenty of water.

According to Raul Adlas, Director of Tallinna Kiirabi, eight people have needed emergency medical care in Tallinn since Midsummer’s Eve due to sunstroke or heat stress. "Some of them had unfortunately been left in the sun to rest under the influence of alcohol, some felt sick after a long day at the beach, and some had spent too long working in the sun. For the most part, the people were in a stable condition, but a few needed further examination," explained Adlas. "It's definitely recommended that everyone remains careful in such heat and stays mindful of themselves and other people.

When working or exercising outdoors during the day, it is advisable to find time to allow the body to cool down at least once an hour - either outdoors in the shade or in an air-conditioned room. Clothes should be breathable and allow perspiration to evaporate. When outdoors, a light headgear is necessary to avoid sunstroke. Water should be drank at least 2 to 2.5 litres a day.

Elderly people and those with chronic illnesses should run all errands (i.e. shopping and market trips) before midday. The rest of the day should be spent out of the sun - indoors or in the shade. Parents should make sure that children are not left in the car while they do their own chores - the car gets critically hot very quickly.

If you are planning to spend time outdoors with a group, you should arrange in advance for a sober group leader to make sure that no one is left sleeping in the sun.

First aid for a person suffering from heat exhaustion is to take them to a cool place - an air-conditioned building, shop or car. Give a drink of cool water and remove any excess clothing. Let them rest. If necessary, consult with the Family Doctor’s Advice Line 1220. If the person starts to lose consciousness, call an ambulance.

Pet owners should also be vigilant in hot weather - do not leave the animal in the car and make sure it gets enough water.

In Tallinn, nearly 40 public water taps have been set up by AS Tallinna Vesi to help quench thirst, with public water points around the city and many of the city's cafés and restaurants offering free tap water. Tallinn's public taps are listed on a web map and all water taps are marked with a QR code, which can be scanned to see the other points on the map.

The public taps in the city centre are located at the green area of Tornide väljak on the side of Snelli pond (Nunne 18), between the Russalka monument and the seafront, near the junction of Lootsi street and Reid road (Lootsi 8/1), near the Maarjamäe memorial on Pirita road, next to the dog walking area in Tiigiveski park, on Järvevana road near the Filtri tee bus stop (Järvevana tee 3d) and near Järve forest in the car park (Järvevana tee 9g). Drinking water taps can also be found near the fountain between Viru street and Pärnu road (Viru 27a), in the Old Town at the corner of Harju and Niguliste streets, in Toompea at the Danish King's Garden, at the Uus Turg (New Market), at the Bishop's Garden, at the Police Park, at the Järvevana road pedestrian zone (Järvevana Road 7n) and in Kadriorg Park. There are also water taps on the road to the Estonian Open Air Museum, near the Pirita Beach House and on the Astangu pedestrian and cycle path.

In addition to the 38 public water taps, many public events in Tallinn have water tanks with free drinking water.

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