22.06.2021

Recommendations for coping with the heat wave

Tallinn Ambulance suggests that in the current extremely hot weather, sun exposure should be taken with caution and water intake must be sufficient.

"Last weekend, an ambulance was called in Tallinn for eight patients whose complaints could be attributed to hot weather, whether it was sunstroke or heat stress. Some people developed symptoms at work or at work, and some in the evening after a long day in the sun,” said Dr. Raul Adlas, Chief of Tallinn Ambulance. "So far, fortunately, the hot weather has not brought us serious illnesses, but it definitely pays to be careful that the heat wave does not cause health problems."

When working or being outdoors during the day, you should find time to cool down at least once an hour - either in the shade outdoors or in a room with a climate system. Clothes should be breathable and allow sweat to evaporate. When outdoors, a light headgear is needed to avoid sunlight.

Drink 2 to 2.5 liters of water a day.

For the elderly and people with chronic illnesses, all errands should be run before noon. The rest of the day should be away from the sun - indoors or in the shade.

Parents need to make sure that children are not left in the car - the car heats up to a critical temperature very quickly.

If you plan to spend time with the group, a sober group leader must be agreed in advance who will make sure that no one (especially someone who has been drinking alcohol) falls asleep exposed to the sun.

First aid for a person suffering from heat is as follows: take him/her to a cool room - air-conditioned building, shop or a car. Give cool water to drink and remove excess clothing. Let them rest.

If necessary, call the Family Doctor's Advice Line 1220 for guidance. If a person falls unconscious, call an ambulance.

Pet owners must also be aware in hot weather - animals must not be left in the car and they must receive plenty of water.

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