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Tips on Conducting Outdoor Activities in Hot Weather


To prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke, members should be aware of the need to: 

  1. Perform outdoor activities in the morning or late afternoon, if possible. Avoid vigorous exercise or long-distance hiking and trekking as high temperature, sweating and fatigue are causes of greater exhaustion. Rest at regular intervals in a cool area;
  2. Do not conduct outdoor activities alone;
  3. Wear light-coloured and loose-fitting clothing for reduced heat absorption and better sweat evaporation and heat dissipation;
  4. Bring and drink adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration;
  5. Avoid consumption of caffeine (e.g. tea or coffee) or alcoholic drinks because they speed up water loss from the body through the urinary system;
  6. Stop immediately if someone feels unwell during the activity and seek medical advice as soon as possible;
  7. Be aware of any symptoms of unwellness. Participants should be reminded to inform leaders once they begin to feel unwell; 
  8. Make the unwell person rest in a shady spot with fresh air. Help him/her loosen any tight clothing;
  9. If the unwell person is conscious, ask him/her to drink some water/electrolyte solution to make up for the loss; 
  10. Lower the body temperature of the unwell person using a wet towel or fan if necessary;
  11. In case of emergency, other than taking care of the unwell person, it is also necessary to pay attention to the safety of other participants and to ensure that all can arrive at a safe place in an orderly manner. 

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