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JM | Aug 3, 2022

Health Ministry urges Jamaicans to reduce heat exposure

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today

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A church is pictured during sunset as a heat wave hits Europe, in Oisy-le-Verger, France, July 14, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging Jamaicans to reduce heat exposure, given the rising temperatures across the island.

Jamaica and other Caribbean countries are currently experiencing a heat season that is typically between May and October each year. The Ministry is therefore urging those, particularly children and the elderly, to make the necessary precautions to reduce heat exposure.

Parents and guardians are also being reminded that children should not be left alone in locked vehicles under any circumstances.

Heat related illnesses can have severe impacts on the body. They can present themselves in the form of rashes, cramps and more serious life threating conditions such as a heatstroke.

5 ways to beat the heat

  1. Hydrate with cool water, especially when it is hot.
  2. Limit or avoid the amount of sugary and alcoholic drinks consumed
  3. Exercise indoors where possible
  4. Wear light weight, loose fitting or light coloured clothes
  5. Avoid going into the sun at midday when it is usually the hottest or seek shade outside
  6. If you are exposed to long hours of heat, drink more water than normal.

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