It has been said that Zimbabwe will soon experience a heatwave. After realising that we last experienced one in 2011 some of us may have forgotten how to overcome the excessive heat that prevails during this period.
Here are 9 ways to deal with the heat:
1. Lots Of Fans
ZESA allowing be sure to keep those fans turning. Both box and over head fans need to keep the air moving out the house and bring in cooler air. Open all windows and doors in the cooler evenings to promote air circulation.
When the sun rises, close all doors and windows, making sure to close curtains and blinds as well, to keep the indoors cool for as long as possible. When the outside air cools to a lower temperature than inside (usually in the evenings or at night), open up the windows and turn on the fans again.
2. Lots Of Water
Take advantage of the cooling power of water. Fill buckets or basins and soak your feet. Wet towels and head scarfs can have a cooling effect when worn on the shoulders or head. Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a 500ml bottle filled with cold water for refreshing squirts throughout the day.
3. Come Down To Earth
Head downstairs. Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a building will be warmer than the ground floor. A basement can be a cool refuge from the midday heat.
4. Eliminate Extra Heat
Eliminate extra sources of heat. Incandescent light bulbs can generate unnecessary heat, as can computers or appliances left running. Eat fresh foods that do not require you to use the oven or stove to prepare.
5. Lots Of Hydration
Remember to maintain an adequate level of hydration, which means you’ll need to consume more water than you usually do when it’s hot. If you’re sweating profusely, you will also need to replace electrolytes by eating a small amount of food with your water or by drinking specially-formulated electrolyte replacement drinks. Thirst is the first sign of dehydration; you should drink sufficient amounts of fluids before you feel thirsty in order to prevent dehydration.
6. Avoid Alcoholic Beverages And Caffeine
Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine, as both of these substances can act as diuretics and promote dehydration.
7. Visit Public Buildings With Air Conditioning
Try to visit public buildings with air conditioning during the hottest hours of the day if the heat becomes unbearable. Libraries, shopping malls, and movie theaters can all be good places to cool down.
8. Keep Away From Protein Meals
Don’t eat large, protein-rich meals that can increase metabolic heat and warm the body.
9. 112 Is The Number To Remember
Be able to recognise the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and true heat emergencies (heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, heat stroke). Call emergency services (112) in the event of a heat emergency and try to cool the victim until help arrives.