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HEALTH TIPS, EXTREME HEAT: RISK PREVENTION

Wednesday 15th July 2009-


Protect yourself during the hottest times of the day:

    - Avoid going out at the hottest times (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.),
    - Do not engage in any physical activity (sport, gardening, DIY, etc…);
    - Wear a hat, light (such as cotton), loose clothing in light colours,
    - Keep your home cool (close the windows and shutters during the day; open them in the evening if the temperature cools down).

Cool yourself down:

    - Have a bath or a shower,
    - wet your body several times a day using a spray or facecloth,
    - Spend 2 to 3 hours a day in a cool atmosphere (cinemas, museums, supermarkets, shopping centres…).

Drink plenty and don't stop eating:
    - Drink as much as possible – at least 1.5 litres of water a day,
    - even if you’re not thirsty, drink all the same, in small amounts,
    - Avoid drinking alcohol, coffee and sweet drinks,
    - Give priority to cold foods with a high water content (fruit, salads, vegetables, etc…).

Ask your doctor or chemist for advice:
    - Before taking any medication, even if on sale without a prescription,
    - if you experience any unusual symptoms.

Don’t hesitate:

    - To help the elderly, children and babies to hydrate themselves,
    - to contact, either for yourself or anyone in need:
      The Mairie’s Department of Social and Leisure Activities (93 15 28 83),
      The Gerontological Coordination Centre of Monaco (toll free number: 8000-6000).
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