Caution urged as temperatures soar

The Western Cape has been experiencing high temperatures over the past few weeks, and the soaring temperatures will continue into this weekend according to a warning the South African Weather Service has issued.

Sunbathers are seen cooling off at Camps Bay Beach in this file picture after a heatwave in the city.

ER24 has urged people to be cautious as many people spend large amounts of time outdoors and heat injuries can occur when our bodies lose necessary body fluids and produce sweat. These injuries can be severe and can lead to death if untreated.

The signs and symptoms of heat injuries are cramps, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, fainting and seizures.

Here are a few tips to beat the heat:

– Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.

– Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children. Ensure they stay well hydrated as well.

– Remember to ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool, clean water to drink as well.

– Try to keep out of direct sunlight.

– Wear the appropriate clothing and ensure you use sunscreen.

– Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep well hydrated.

– If you are going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and the children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.

– Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle, even with a window open.

ER24 can be contacted on 084 124 for any medical emergency.