DOH Reminds Outdoor Sports Spectators to Take Precautions against Blazing Sun
Heat damages can occur to anybody. Those more susceptible to thermal damages from high temperatures include infants, kids, seniors above 65 years old, people with chronic diseases, those taking medications, outdoor workers, athletes, laborers working in closed environment, and obese individuals.The Department of Health offers the following advice to limit the impact of heat when conducting activities outdoors:1. Wear hats with wide rims or carry a parasol:
Use the hat or parasol to prevent the face, ears, and neck from direct exposure to the sun.
Wear certified sunglasses to protect your eyes. The style of the sunglasses should be one that fully shelters the surrounding area of the eyes and fit your face shape. You should also be aware of the fragility of the lens.
3. Breathy and airy garments:
Consider wearing clothing made of cotton material or garments which prevent the skin from direct exposure to ultraviolet light. After exercise, remember to change to dry clothing to ensure continued protection against the elements.
4. Suntan lotion:
Remember to put on waterproof sunscreen with grade SPF30 or higher 20 minutes before leaving the house. Reapply the lotion every 2 hours to ensure continued screening effect. When storing the lotion, try to avoid places with excessive heat. Those with sensitive skin should choose products designated for sensitive skin or without fragrance.
5. Carry a water bottle: Bring your own water supply and drink water periodically. Develop the habit of consuming 2000 cc each day. Drink before you feel thirsty and avoid alcohol or sugary beverages. You can also eat fruits or vegetables which contain high concentration of water.Do not conduct strenuous activities before adapting to the climate, and take plenty of rest if working outdoors under high temperature. Also, appropriate actions need to be taken when recognizing symptoms of thermal damages such as incapability to sweat, headache, nausea, or even confusion, cramp, and feinting. For more details, please refer to the following link: https://www.hpa.gov.tw/Pages/List.aspx?nodeid=440