In the summer months, it can be quite warm. Many people welcome heat and visit the beach and parks, but for others, persistent heat can have unpleasant consequences for their health. You can easily take measures to limit the heat burden for yourself and others in your environment.

Persistent warm weather is a health risk especially for the elderly, the chronically ill and people who are overweight. Even people who cannot take good care of themselves need more attention from others on hot days to drink enough and stay cool. Children are vulnerable to heat because they are not always able to take measures themselves to prevent overheating. The risk during heat for young children is mainly determined by the behaviour of caregivers.

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Heat symptoms: recognise them and know what to do

Prolonged heat can lead to symptoms of fatigue, concentration problems, dizziness and headaches. Some people can develop skin problems such as itching and a blistering rash. Finally, with persistent heat, dehydration and overheating are a risk. In the worst case, people can die from this. Symptoms of dehydration and overheating include nausea, muscle cramps, exhaustion, fainting and unconsciousness.