People are also advised to use protective sun barriers and to take precautions when performing activities which require a lot of effort.
The elderly should drink a lot of water.
The health authorities also warn of the danger of leaving children, the elderly or animals inside cars.
As a result of the heatwave, demand for electricty reached a new record on the Majorca-Minorca grid at 1pm yesterday, when it hit 955 megawatts. The previous record was 937 megawatts on January 26, during the cold spell which hit the islands. A spokesman for Gesa-Endesa, the power company, said that the new record is way above the summer record set on August 18 last year, at 924 megawatts, and he said that the historical barrier of 1'000 megawatts will probably be reached some time next month. The spokesman said that because of the heatwave, demand for electricity over the weekend was 22 per cent more than the previous weekend.
He also stressed the importance of making a rational use of energy. Advice includes preventing direct sunlight on doors and windows by using blinds and curtains. The spokesman also pointed out that good insulation can lead to an energy saving of 30 per cent.
He recommends ventilating homes in the early hours of the morning to keep them cool and reduce energy consumption.
If the home is being left for a period of more than four hours, it is advised to switch the air conditioning off and programme it to restart half an hour before the estimated time of return.
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