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Govt issues advisory amid intense heatwave: Check dos and don'ts

The Centre has issued an advisory to states and Union Territories, urging to ensure all preparations are taken to address heat-related illnesses.
The Centre has advised people to avoid getting out in the sun, especially between 12 noon and 3 pm.
Avoid drinking alcohol, tea, coffee, or those with large amount of sugar stating these may lead to loss of more body fluid or cause stomach cramps.
Avoid high protein food and stale food and not leave children or pets in parked vehicle among others.
The Centre has advised people to stay hydrated, covered, alert, and stay indoors as much as possible.
Elderly or sick people living alone should be supervised and their health monitored on a daily basis.
For employers and workers, cool drinking water should be provided at work place.
Workers should be cautioned to avoid direct sunlight and shaded work area should be provided for workers.
Exposure to high outdoor and indoor temperatures can induce heat stress, directly and indirectly, leading to heat-related illnesses like heat rash (prickly heat), heat oedema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat
cramps (muscle cramps), heat tetany, heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.