5 Steps to Heat Wave Safety
Five Steps to Heat Wave Safety
Looks like we’re set for another hot weekend in Ireland, with Met Éireann forecasting temperatures ranging from 23 to 29 degrees Celsius over the next few days! Whether you are planning a BBQ, a trip to the beach or to bask in the back garden, be sure you know how to avoid getting burnt as well as how to avoid heat exhaustion! Stay safe by following these tips from the Red Cross: 1. Avoid heat exhaustion by keeping yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water; avoid alcohol and coffee which make you dehydrated. 2. Avoid being out during the hottest part of the day. 3. Be sure to check with local authorities or Met Éireann to be advised of any changes to the weather. 4. Watch out for Heat Exhaustion. Signs of heat exhaustion include: excessive sweating, headaches, dizziness and nausea. What to do: Help the person to a cool, shady place and get them to lie down. Raise and support their legs to improve blood-flow to the brain. Give them plenty of water to drink (Oral rehydration salts or isotonic drinks will also help). Remove any excess clothes such as jumpers or coats. Monitor and record their vital signs – level of response, breathing, pulse and temperature. If their vital signs worsen, call 999 or 112 for emergency help. 5. Watch out for Heatstroke Heatstroke can develop with little warning – people often cease sweating and can lose consciousness within minutes, so you will need to react quickly. What to do: Quickly move the person to a cool place and remove as much outer clothing as possible. Call 999/112 for emergency help. Help the person sit down and wrap them in a cold, wet sheet until their temperature falls to 38 degrees under the tongue or 37.5 degrees under the armpit. Keep pouring cold water over them or sponge them with cold water. Once their temperature is normal, replace the wet sheet with a dry one. Monitor and record their vital signs – level of response, breathing, pulse and temperature. If their temperature rises again, repeat the cooling process. Stay safe whilst you enjoy the sunshine!

P.S.  Be sure to keep your pets cool in the hot weather too, check out these tips from our friends in the Dogs Trust – Don’t let your hot dog sizzle this summer!

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