Temperature soars in Kerala: Govt issues advisory, introduces 'water bell' in schools

The government also urged the people to wear loose clothes and add more fruits and salads to their diet. Representative image/File Photo

Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when districts like Kannur, Kottayam, Kozhikode and Alappuzha are facing above-normal temperatures, the state government on Saturday issued an advisory for the people, urging them to stay hydrated. The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority issued the alert. State Health Minister Veena George also warned people of heatstroke and other diseases during the summer season. "One should drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest times of the day," the minister said in a release.

The government also urged the people to wear loose clothes and add more fruits and salads to their diet. With temperatures soaring by the day in the state, the Kerala government said it was planning to implement a "water-bell" system at schools to ensure that students drink adequate water to keep their bodies hydrated during summer. Kerala is the first state to introduce this system in the country, state General Education Minister's office said on Saturday. Under the new initiative, the bell would ring at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm in all schools to remind children to drink water.

Here are a few extra tips from Onmanorama to prevent heat-related illnesses:
Eat light meals: Avoid heavy, hot meals, as they can increase your body temperature. Opt for lighter, cooler meals like salads and fruits. Water-rich fruits like cucumber, oranges, watermelon, berries and muskmelon can be a good choice. In Kerala, also go for coconut water as it is easily and widely available. It can replenish you with lost electrolytes. Buttermilk, curd, lime water, barley water and mint are also easily available food options known for their cooling properties.

Monitor high-risk individuals: Keep an eye on infants, young children, the elderly, and individuals with chronic health conditions as they are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. Provide them with cooling options like fans, air conditioners, or coolers and if they are spending time outside, ensure there are shaded areas where they can rest if required. Also, keep an emergency plan ready if required.

Rest frequently: Take breaks and rest in shaded or cool areas if you must be outdoors for an extended period.
Recognize the signs of heat-related illness: Be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion (such as heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea) and heatstroke (such as high body temperature, confusion, and loss of consciousness). Seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you know shows signs of severe heat-related illness.
(With PTI inputs)

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