Heat Waves killed more people than any natural disaster combined. In 2003, a European Heat Wave caused 35,000 Deaths. With global warming, Australia experienced similar heat waves with the 2012-2013 Angry Summer, even causing Forest Fires.
With this statistics, why do people take Heat Waves lightly? The answer might be the lack of awareness.
What are Heat Waves?
We all know that Global Warming is a fact. As a consequence of our actions, heat waves are frequently occurring.
According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, heat waves are defined as three days or more of high maximum and minimum temperature that is unusual to a location.
These are prolonged period of excessively hot weather usually coupled with high humidity.
The heat wave impedes our body to cool down to normal levels. When extended “warming” occurs, these may cause hyperthermia and heat stroke, leading to death.
A lot became victims because it silently kills. Heat waves even caused multiple deaths of elderly people inside poorly ventilated apartments. In a normal day, how would you even know that it is slowly attacking your body?
With awareness, we change that.
What can we do about it?
Now that we know about the dangers, what can we actually do about it? Here are some simple tips for you and your family’s safety.
- Drink plenty of water to replenish electrolytes.
- Eat fruits and vegetables.
- Try to stay inside a well-ventilated area especially between 12 NN – 4 PM, the hottest hours of the day
- Stay downstairs because the upper floors tend to be hotter.
- Take a lukewarm bath regularly.
- Use an umbrella or wear a hat when outside.
- Also, use sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
For your family:
- Keep Track of Environmental Forecasts.
- Use Air Conditioning.
- Try to Put Reflectors on your windows to repel the heat.
- Elderly people, children, overweight, and sick people are more at risk. Make sure to take extra care of them during this time.
- Don’t forget your pets.
The heat wave might be the deadliest natural disaster. But with awareness and simple preparation, no heat can beat us.