Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Life Hacks to beat Summer Heat - Heatwave in India

Every Summer, the temperature rises and those in the tropical countries start to unanimously believe in global warming again. Every year, there is news about a bad heatwave claiming lives.

Melted Delhi tar roads

It is very important to know the symptoms of heat stress, heat stroke and know how to avoid them.

Here are a few inexpensive tips and "life hacks" on how to beat the heat.

  • Cooler Fan
    • Keep ice cold water bottles behind a table fan to get the cool breeze

  • Quick chill bottle
    • Quickly cool a bottle in the fridge by covering its outside with wet tissue paper beefore keeping in the fridge

  • Keep ice water for longer
    • Keeping a bottle half-filled with water on the side, you get a half-ice bottle
    • You can pour regular water into it and the ice keeps the water cool till it completely melts

  • Fast Ice-packs
    • A wet sponge in a sealed plastic cover or Ziploc bag acts as a good icepack
  • Snack on plenty of cool treats
  • Opt for light clothing
  • Open your windows at night
  • Eat plenty of salad
  • Spend the day at the mall 

Read more like this at LifeHacker

Facts about Heatwaves
  • The National Disaster Management Authority website says heatwave condition is declared when the maximum temperature of a station reaches at least 40°C for plains and 30°C for hilly regions.
  • The worst recorded heatwave in world history killed more than 50,000 people in Russia, a country usually associated with a frigid climate, in 2010. India's worst yet was witnessed in 2003, with a toll of at least 1,900.
  • Highest temperature ever recorded in India is 50.6°C, in Alwar, Rajasthan, on May 10, 1956.
  • One of the earliest recorded heatwaves killed around 1,500 people in the US in August 1896.
  • Heatwave can severely impact your health, its effects manifesting as ederna (swelling) and syncope (fainting) generally accompanied by fever below 102 degrees Fahrenheit, fatigue, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps. In extreme cases, one could even be have heat stroke, whose symptoms include delirium, seizures or coma. This is a potentially fatal condition.
According to the World Meteorologial Organisation, the steep rise in sunstroke deaths in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is the result of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation index in the two states that stands at a critically high figure of 12.

Use UV protection sunblock sunscreen with with SPF

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