Asserting that it will be a hot summer in the Caribbean, the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) has reminded citizens of measures to safeguard themselves from harm.
EMS Manager Fernando James has offered the following tips:
1. Monitor local news stations for all weather updates and related advisories.
2. During any heatwave period, remain indoors in air conditioning when
3. If outdoor activities are necessary, frequently rest in shaded areas. Avoid activity during the hottest times of the day.
4. Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
5. Avoid alcoholic beverages which are dehydrating; drink bottled or boiled water.
6. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
7. Cotton fabrics are more cooling than synthetics.
In a statement on Monday, James also explained that the heat could affect public health in the following ways:
1. Strong increase in mild heat symptoms
2. Increase in heat illnesses, fainting episodes, hospitalisations.
3. Exacerbation of vulnerability in patients with chronic illness, children, pregnant women and the elderly
And for persons working outdoors, the SLFS official said the heat could affect occupational health in the following ways:
- Potential increase in exhaustion during intense outdoor activity
2. Reduced labor productivity
In addition, James pointed out that excessive heat can affect one’s well-being in numerous ways including:
1. Increased sweating and water consumption
2. Potentially increased fatigue, irritability, and aggression during prolonged heatwaves
“Promptly seek medical attention if signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke develop,” James stated.
According to James, with the upcoming hurricane season slated from June 1st thru November 30th, 2023, there are great expectations of a continuum of excessive heat waves throughout the Caribbean.
The senior SLFS official said Saint Lucia is no exception.
Nevertheless, James disclosed that the Saint Lucia Fire Service would be in full effect to respond to prehospital 911 emergencies directly and indirectly linked to any heat-related emergency.