Caution is a reminder accepted by all

The early heat wave in particular spreads across the region with high temperatures, especially in the southern half

According to the Meteorological France weather forecast, sections of the southern half of the metropolitan area (southwest, lower Rh উপne Valley and Provenসal west) will be affected by a heat wave from this Wednesday, June 15, 2022. On Thursday, heat will intensify in a large southwestern quarter up to the lower Rhone Valley and gradually reach more northern regions, while remaining more limited than in the south. Expected to top the episode between this Thursday and Saturday The maximum temperature can reach or exceed 35 to 39 degrees or even 40 degrees locally, the lowest which will not go below 20 degrees. From Sunday 19th June it will be slowly cooling from the west.

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How can the effects of heat waves on health be limited?

A heat wave or extreme heat can have significant health effects for all of us. Particular attention should be paid to those who are fragile due to their age, their health condition (drug treatment increases the effect of heat or impairs body adaptation to heat) or an event in life (pregnant woman) or excessive exposure to heat or work in school, lifestyle, behavioral or environmental Due to the condition.

Heat waves can cause thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of additional deaths. So it is important not to wait for warning signals to appear, such as not urinating for 5 hours or dark urine, sweating while drinking a glass of water, obstruction, fatigue or headache, start taking preventive measures. Measurement

Tips and simple actions for everyone to take to protect themselves from high heat

It is important to protect yourself even if the heat is short-lived. Prevention counseling applies to everyone and especially to vulnerable people (persons over 65 years of age, disabled or ill, dependent persons, pregnant women, young children, homeless persons, etc.) and workers who have been exposed to heat are at higher risk of developing it. Complications

  • Drink regular water even if you are not thirsty; Avoid alcohol
  • Stay cool: Avoid going out during hot weather
  • Keep your house cool
  • Avoid physical activity during hot weather (work, sports)

During the day, shutters and glazing will be:

  • Keep off the sunny side. Their dual barrier limits the entry of heat into the room
  • Open on the shady side if it lets drafts happen. In this case, hang on a damp towel so that evaporation cools the atmosphere. If it is not possible to make drafts only with shaded windows, keep them closed.

When the outside temperature is lower than the inside temperature:

  • Open the shutters and windows wide to cool the dwelling

If the accommodation is not kept cold:

  • Go to a cool place (library, cinema, shop, cool house, etc.)

If you are one of the people at risk (elderly, disabled), be sure to register with your municipal register to get help in the scorching heat of summer.

Workers exposed to heat are also at greater risk. In addition to the direct effects of heat, fatigue related to both heat and work can reduce alertness and cause work accidents. In order to limit work accidents associated with climatic conditions, employers are required to provide a number of general measures provided by regulations (providing workers with a restroom adapted to climatic conditions, site layout to allow equivalent separation organization, safety conditions, etc.). INRS provides materials for taking action and raising employee awareness.

Swimming: There are risks at all ages

At sea, in a river, in a lake or in a swimming pool, the heat is perfect for swimming and water sports. It is important to teach children to swim as early as possible or at least to get them accustomed to the aquatic environment and it is never too late to learn to swim, even as an adult. Regardless of the position of the swimmer, a child should always be supervised and kept only with a responsible adult, it is best to bathe with the child.

In the case of adults, you must consider your health status, if you experience a physical disorder (fatigue, health problems, chills), do not swim, do not overestimate your physical condition and swimming level, do not drink alcohol before bathing, Water slowly, especially after prolonged exposure to the sun.

Bathing environments, especially waterways, lakes and seas, need to be considered in order to know the weather conditions and, in general, safety guidelines, bathing prohibitions and bathing in supervised areas marked by bathing flags. .

Specific measures taken during COVID-19

This high temperature is due to the continuation of the Kovid-19 epidemic. In this context, heatstroke resistance is preferred, as the episode is early in the season and the body has not had time to adapt to summer temperatures. To combat the Covid-19 infection, ventilation must be limited to the cold season, which lasts for a few days, when the outside temperature is below the inside temperature. At the same time, to combat COVID-19 in hot weather, it is important to:

  • Strengthen other barriers: hand washing, wearing a mask in freshly combined areas, physical distance
  • Do not use fans in the presence of third parties
  • If symptoms or tests are positive, isolate yourself
  • Stay up to date on your vaccinations against Kovid-19 in the event of a future heatstroke.

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