I live in Abuja, a city that has extreme weather conditions. When it is cold, it is extremely cold. When it gets hot, it gets unbearable. My goodness! Didn’t they say that too much of everything is bad? But when it comes to cold, we all can manage it by getting ourselves duvets, blankets, cardigans and by locking up the windows and doors. Now, what do you do when the air is so still and has refused to move? The sun is at its peak and the temperature is so high? What do you do when all the sun hitting the walls of your building translates to heat at night and you find it so hard to sleep? What do you do when NEPA or PHCN has decided to now interrupt power supply once its 9pm.
I don’t want you to mention “the generator”. We all know that the generator is more problematic and has injured or killed so many people. But if you fall in the category or class of people who can afford the “Mikano” or “Top class” noiseless generators, fine and good. But if by generators you mean those small “I pass my neighbour” and their likes please I suggest you keep quiet. Yes! Because the noise from those type of generators and the smoke “carbon mono oxide” they emit can kill you before you wake up.
A hot weather has a lot of adverse effects on our body and our health, we may not know it but heat is really dangerous to us. The body’s most common response to extreme heat is dehydration. When exposed to direct sunlight and temperatures higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the body can lose as much as half a gallon of water every 10 minutes. This dehydration also can interfere with the body’s internal thermostat, leaving it vulnerable to heat-related illnesses such as severe sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
No matter where you live, it is important to recognize the real dangers of extreme heat and take action to offset its impact at the earliest stages. The gradual nature of extreme heat’s effects on the body makes it important to be aware of these heat-related illnesses. One sure way to reduce heat at periods like this, is to constantly drink water because the body loses so much water at this time. So, drink water even if you are not thirsty. Fruits with high water content are also advised. Avoid fizzy drinks.
Again, you can plan your day such that you stay away from the sun. Though during extremely hot times, you don’t need to be under the sun to feel hot but being under th sun is more severe. Stay indoors most of the time or under shades when you must go out.
Be sure to do your exercise or strenuous activities at the cooler times of the day like early in the morning or late in the evening. During this period, it is best to avoid black. We should wear more of brightly coloured clothes with natural fabrics. They should not be tight. Loose clothes are ideal.
We all should have at least a sunglass and sun screen lotions. They help! Most of us have air conditioners, but we can’t use it at night either because of power failure or low voltage. Therefore, you must be sure that your house is very well ventilated. Windows should be open throughout the night. Be sure to take your bath and occasionally splash yourself with water especially the face, neck and back. For your own good, eat little at night especially now that the weather is hot! Over feeding makes us uncomfortable and I know you won’t want to combine it with heat.
I hope I have helped in my own little way friends. The weather can get quite unbearable. Let’s help ourselves in ways we can.
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