PACDA urges people to avoid exposure to direct sunlight for long

May 15, 2018

With temperatures soaring, the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) has advised people to avoid direct exposure to sun and heat, and engaging in any type of activity during the daytime for long periods.

Such practices can cause exhaustion and other complications which can be dangerous to one’s life if not treated immediately, the authority stated. PACDA also mentioned main causes that lead to high body temperatures such as not drinking enough water, over exposure to sun, engaging in physical activities in hot and humid conditions and wearing tight clothes. Affected people may experience heavy sweating, headaches and diarrhoea.

They may also experience weakness, nausea, stomach ache, pain and cramping in fingers, arms and legs, and may lose consciousness. The authority said the victim should be moved to a shaded place away from the sun or to somewhere cool if possible.

Laying the victim on his/her back, if conscious, the victim should be given liquids, in addition to putting a wet and cool sponge or cloth on the head and limbs. PACDA also stated that if there were no vital signs, resuscitation must be performed and the victim must immediately be taken to the nearest medical facility or the emergency services should be called for.