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STAY SAFE DURING THIS PROLONGED HEATWAVE IN PARTS OF SA

Heatwave warning: Take precautions, as temperatures could reach 40°C

A heatwave is a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, which can be dangerous for both your physical and mental health. Here are some tips to help you stay safe during a heatwave:

  1. Stay indoors: Try to stay in air-conditioned or well-ventilated areas as much as possible. If you don’t have air conditioning, open windows and use fans to circulate air.
  2. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol, as they can dehydrate you.
  3. Wear light clothing: Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes to help keep your body cool.
  4. Use sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays by applying sunscreen with a high SPF.
  5. Take frequent breaks: If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors to cool down.
  6. Check on vulnerable people: Check on elderly or ill family members, friends, and neighbors to make sure they’re staying cool and hydrated.
  7. Check weather forecast: Stay informed about the forecast and any heat-related warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

By following these tips, you can stay safe during a heatwave and protect yourself from heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Remember to also keep an eye on local news and follow the instructions issued by the authorities in case of emergency.

Northern Cape farm workers die due to heat

Meanwhile, seven people in Kakamas, in the Northern Cape, died due to heatstroke last week.

The Northern Cape Department of Health has confirmed five died on Thursday, 19 January, and two on Friday morning (20 January). Another farmworker remains on a ventilator at the hospital.

One of the deceased initially fainted at work. A foreman at the farm, whose name isn’t disclosed, said a second colleague fainted while sitting in a shaded area on the farm.

Be vigilant & Stay safe!!!

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