Health agency shares tips for public to deal with the heat

In light of the hot weather nationwide, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) on Saturday called on people to be wary of heat-related problems including high body temperature, accelerated heart rate, dry and red skin, disorientation, and cramps.

The Central Weather Bureau issued a high-temperature alert Saturday morning, informing people to be ready for high temperatures that have sent heatwaves across the country this week.

The temperature rose to 40.2 degrees Celsius in Fuyuan, Hualien County just before noon and to over 38 degrees Celsius in several locations in Hualien, Taitung, and Pingtung counties in the afternoon.

The Greater Taipei area also recorded high temperatures Saturday afternoon, with downtown Taipei and New Taipei’s Banqiao District both recording temperatures as high as 38 degrees.

In the wake of the alarmingly high temperatures, the HPA shared tips to handle the heat in outdoor environments.

People should stay hydrated and refrain from having alcoholic drinks when they are outdoors, the HPA said, adding that urinating less than normal and urine that is darker in color than usual are both signs of dehydration.

People who work outdoors should refrain from working around noon and ensure there is good ventilation in their workplace, the HPA said, adding that electric fans, misting systems, and shaded areas will all help to cool down the environment, it said.

Also, they should work shorter shifts so that they can take turns to rest, it said.

People with chronic diseases should check whether they are fit to work in high-temperature and high-moisture environments and have regular check-ups after starting their jobs, it said.

In addition, wearing loose-fitting and light-colored clothes, hats made of breathable materials, and sunglasses are also useful in preventing direct exposure to the sun, it said.

People should be more mindful of their health in hot weather and be wary of common heat-related symptoms such as abnormally high body temperature, dry and red skin, accelerated heart rate, or more serious ones such as hypohidrosis, headaches, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, disorientation, cramps, or fainting, it said.

If people experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, they should go to a shaded area, put some water on their body, fan themselves, drink salinated water or beverages containing electrolytes, and seek medical help as soon as possible, it said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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