Today the Ministry of Health issued a release advising the general public of the risk to a person’s health due to bush fires. According to the release there has been a recent increase in the amount of bush fires due to the intense heat.
The smoke in these fires is made up of tiny particles and gases and when these are inhaled, they can cause asthma attacks and other serious conditions. People with heart disease may also suffer from chest pains if exposed to intense smoke.
It also has the potential to irritate eyes and trigger prolonged coughing spells. Individuals with chronic lung conditions and asthma in particular are advised to avoid areas with intense smoke if possible. In the event that one cannot avoid the smoke, the use of masks or wet rags may provide some alleviation.
Also of concern to the Ministry is the intense heat and sun exposure. The public is reminded to drink sufficient water, dress adequately and keep in the shade as much as possible to avoid the possibility of suffering a heat stroke. Some signs of heat stroke include red skin, fever, seizures, headache, a rapid pulse and sometimes unconsciousness. Anyone exhibiting any of these signs and symptoms should be taken to the nearest health center or hospital.
The Ministry of Health advises those individuals at most risk, mainly children and elderly persons, to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activities.
Lastly persons who are engaging in any form of burning during this dry season are advised to exercise care to contain the fire and put out any fire that shows sign of possible spread.
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