How to keep safe in a heatwave.

Mallorca record temperatures.

23-07-2021Miguel Ángel Polo

Mallorca is in the midst of a major heatwave. Here are some tips on how to keep safe.

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

Who's most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

  • older people – especially those over 75
  • those who live on their own or in a care home
  • people who have a serious or long term illness – including heart or lung conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson's disease or some mental health conditions
  • those who may find it hard to keep cool – babies and the very young, the bed bound, those with drug or alcohol addictions or with Alzheimer's disease
  • people who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places – those who live in a top floor flat, the homeless or those whose jobs are outside

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • if going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance in line with social distancing guidelines
  • follow coronavirus social distancing guidance and wash your hands regularly
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
  • make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
  • if you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice
  • Remember that while coronavirus restrictions are in place, you will need to follow government guidance to use public spaces safely

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Lucinda McGuire / Hace 5 months

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Krister / Hace 5 months

@ Lucianda

It is called placebo or sugar pills. And actually works!

Alone, the placebo effect is quite weak; the body notices quite quickly if the drug does not help, and when you start to doubt, the effect disappears. Therefore, you should use the placebo effect together with other active medicines, this is when the effect becomes the strongest and longest lasting.

This month I listened to a science program on the radio and there they wanted to compare a psychiatric method with a placebo method, namely kitchen table psychology. It turned out that both "scientific" psychology and kitchen table psychology had the same effect.

Sigmund Freud developed his psychoanalysis from a German who was just using a kitchen table psychology with which he "treated" a woman. Then Sigmund added a lot of balderdash.

But all of you who are versed in Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel know that everything goes in the opposite direction: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)!

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Johan / Hace 5 months

Get cool inside! Best tricks to fix coolness at home

When the summer heat comes, it's sad to complain.

But when the house or apartment is turned into a sauna and it is difficult to sleep, anyone can get frustrated.

What luck that there are lots of tricks to get it cooler inside! Whatever you do - do not try to ventilate by opening the window. Here we tell you how to keep the heat away from the house and instead it gets cool when the sun is scorching.

Shut out the sun

Suddenly it becomes summer, the heat comes as a shock and it becomes difficult to get away from it. Many people open windows and doors in the belief that it is cooling down the home, but no - stop! All you do is let in the heat. Think the opposite. Be sure to close all windows as soon as the sun reaches your house and keep them closed during the hottest part of the day. Pull down the blinds and draw the curtains during the day, so you shut out the sun's heat.

Hang sheets or blankets over the window

Sunscreen on the windows, aluminum awnings and sun-insulated curtains provide even better protection against the sun's heat. You can also hang sheets or a blanket for the windows if the usual blinds are not enough. Maybe not the most aesthetic choice - but it does its job and avoiding sauna heat when it's bedtime can be worth it.

Do not make the mistake of having windows open to get air in during the day. Close windows and draw curtains to keep the sun out.

Open windows late in the day

When it is cooler outside and the sun is no longer on, you can open the windows to get some cold. Always sleep with the window open. Choose the windows that are strategically best placed, so that the cooler air starts to blow in already in the evening.

Feel free to keep interior doors open during the day, even wardrobe doors and kitchen doors can mean that the heat is not stored and that it is faster to get cool in the evening.

Soak the sheets to get extra coolness

If it is still not enough to open the windows in the evening, try spraying a sheet with cold water. Then hang it in front of an open window, and the wind that passes in will cool down the window.

Fix cross strokes - the only time an open door is good during the day

Crusades starting early in the morning can work well. Make sure that the blinds on the south side are down and then open two windows at each end of the home. A small gap is enough. If you need to cool off, stand in the draft and enjoy the wind. If you have doors in each part of your house, you can open them as well

A table fan may be worth investing in. Buy a fan that cools you down

Air conditioning is nice and luxurious - but perhaps not absolutely necessary at our latitudes. For the hot summer days we have, it may be enough to invest in a ceiling fan or a regular table fan or floor fan. Position it so that it gets the cooler air from the floor and blows warm air up to the ceiling. But there is no point in leaving a fan on in a room where no one is staying, then the room will actually only get warmer.

Cotton breathes, and yes, that also applies to cotton sheets. Therefore, opt out of your nice satin sheets during the summer heat for a while and prioritize the cotton and sleep.

You can get the heat down even more with the help of a bowl of ice? Make your own air conditioning - with a fan and a bowl of ice

If you have no AC - arrange a self-made air conditioner. Fill a shallow bowl with plenty of ice. Place the bowl in front of the fan and start it. As the ice evaporates, the air in the room will cool down.

Turn off the computer and other heat sources

Turn off all heat sources in the home. Do not use the stove or the usual oven, eat a salad instead or use the microwave if you want to eat something hot.

Turn off the computer when not in use and do not leave the TV on in heat-generating stand-by mode!

Feel free to skip the dryer and do not leave the newly run dishwasher open and let out all the heat!

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Andy / Hace 5 months

Does that mean as a waiter I don't have to wear a mask for 12hrs in direct sunlight? Thought not....

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Lucinda McGuire / Hace 5 months

Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I’d either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson ‘s disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I took Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech, A year ago, I began to do a lot of research and came across Kycuyu Health Clinic (www. kycuyuhealthclinic. com) and their Parkinson’s HERBAL TREATMENT. After seeing positive reviews from other patients, I quickly started on the treatment, I experienced significant reduction/decline in major symptoms, including tremors, muscle weakness, speech problems, difficulty swallowing, balance problems, chronic fatigue and others, The truth is you can get off the drugs and help yourself by trying natural methods, i live symptoms free.

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TOR / Hace 5 months

The countries around the Mediterranean will ultimately suffer harder of heat waves, dry and fires. It is clear from a draft of a report from the UN Advisory Science panel IPCC, which AFP has taken note of.

The report, which is published next year, describes the area as a hotspot for climate change. It predicts that the temperatures there will rise faster than average in the world in the coming decades.

Don't you long for the cruise ships!?

NOX emissions from cruise ships in Europe also heavily impact some cities, equivalent to about 15% of the nitrogen oxides (NOX) emitted by Europe’s passenger car fleet in a year, the report finds. In Marseille, for example, 57 cruise ships emitted in 2017 almost as much NOX as one-quarter of the city’s 340,000 passenger cars. Along the coasts of countries such as Norway, Denmark, Greece, Croatia and Malta a handful of cruise ships are also responsible for more NOX than the majority of their domestic car fleet.

Europe should implement a zero-emission port standard as soon as possible, this could then be extended to other ship types. The report also recommends extending emission control areas (ECAs), currently in place only in the North and Baltic Seas and English Channel, to the rest of the European seas. Furthermore, the report recommends regulating NOX emissions from existing ships, which are currently exempt from NOx standards applying in emission control areas.

Faig Abbasov concluded: “There are enough mature technologies to clean up cruise ships. Shore-side electricity can help cut in-port emissions, batteries are a solution for shorter distances and hydrogen technology can power even the biggest cruise ships. The cruise sector are apparently not willing to make the shift voluntarily, so we need governments to step in and mandate zero emission standards.”

NOx and 40 degrees hot is a cool brew if you want to die!

Air pollution is gases and particles in the air that have a negative impact on humans and the environment. The main air pollution counts nitrogen oxides (NOx, a collection name for nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide), aerosols (small particles), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), sulfur dioxide and ground-level ozone. In combustion terms also exist so-called PM, that is, airborne particles. These particles can have different size and thus different hazard at inhalation.

Causes of air pollution include industrial manufacturing, exhaust from vehicles and combustion of coal and wood.

Globally, more than 5.5 million people die every year of diseases related to air pollution, which is more than those who die of malnutrition, obesity, and drugs. Air pollution is the fourth largest risk factor for dying and by far the largest environmental factor for disease.

Thus, your tourist industry is much more dangerous than small grand too much grog!

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TOR / Hace 5 months

Take a train up to Scandinavia. We have 20-23 degrees hot and very fresh air.

We can not constantly benefit your tourist industry.

Latin European must also promote our leisure travel!

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