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Social Services is launching an informational campaign to the heat wave (14/07/2010)

The Municipal Institute of Social Services City of Cartagena has launched an information campaign with the guidelines to follow to prevent the effects of the heat this summer and is being disseminated over the 42 clubs that exist in the municipality.

Keep in mind that excessive heat can damage health, to produce dehydration, exhaustion, fainting and heat stroke very dangerous, causing serious problems, even death, hence the campaign that launched the Autonomous Community level region under the motto Look after your health, protect from heat, remembering the emergency number 112.

In this sense, the elderly and disabled, people with hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, alcoholism, people who perform heavy physical work or sports outdoors, infants and children under 4 years must be protected especially heat when temperatures are high.


There are a number of rules that can be taken to avoid possible heat stroke, such as: avoid going out in extreme heat of the day (from noon until sunset), protect your head with a hat or umbrella, walking in the shade wear comfortable, light-colored and carry a bottle of water, do not stay in the car with the windows closed, drinking water, even if you're thirsty, juices and cold drinks, avoid hot, heavy meals using fruits and vegetables in place , take baths and showers, use some type of air conditioning.

In the case of an elderly person with heat stroke, the procedure is to call the tele button and place the patient at a shadow, if you have lots of clothes, remove it, place the head slightly elevated and drink plenty of give water, refresh in cold water or ice, especially the face and underarms, do not put him in the bath to cool.

The effects of heat can be, among others, cramps, fatigue, malaise, headache, nausea, vomiting, thirst, weakness, headache, hot and flushed skin, increased body temperature above 40 °, unsteady walking, dizziness, and seizures or unconsciousness.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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