The warm weather has meant that since yesterday the national heat plan is in force. It applies to the whole country, and means that it is necessary to take measures to reduce health problems in vulnerable groups like the elderly and children.
People who need professional care for them should be alert, but everyone needs to be careful in the heat. The National Institute for Health and Environment provides tips. The discomfort of heat can be reduced by paying attention to the following points, the RIVM.
Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. You drink too much if you urinate less than usual or if the urine is dark in color. Remember that you also lose unnoticed much fluid through perspiration. Moderate alcohol use.
Tip: Make sure you always have a bottle of water handy, especially if you are going out or by car on the road.
Wear light clothing. Stay in the shade and limit physical exertion between 12 and 16 hours.
Tip: Take advantage of the cooler morning and evening for your shopping or walk. Take a bath or shower. Cool off under a tree or near water and do not sleep under a warm blanket.
Warming of the property can be reduced by making timely use of blinds, fan or, if available, air conditioning. Provide continuous ventilation by keeping open vents or windows ajar.
Tip: Provide extra fresh air by opening windows and / or doors at times when it is cooler outside, like evening, night and morning.
Please note that during warm weather additional people in your area who may be able to use your help. That is even more true during the holiday season when family members and carers may be gone.
Tip: Take extra care at each other warm weather and light a helping hand.