SRC Directs Collectors to Take Precautionary Measures For Heatwave

Bhubaneswar: The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Odisha issued letters to eight district collectors following heatwave prediction by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Taking a serious note of the weather department’s heatwave prediction, Padmanav Behera, the Additional Special Relief Commissioner wrote a letter to the district collectors of Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Balangir, Boudh and Nuapada and requested them to take following precautionary measures at their level to face any eventuality:

  • Please do miking advising people on heat-wave precautions, keep the hospital in readiness and advise workers not to work in the open sunlight from 11 AM to 3 PM.
  • The public to take precautionary measures for hot weather while going outside during peak hours of the day (around 11 AM to 3 PM).
  • Avoid prolonged heat exposure.
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured loose cotton clothes.
  • Cover your head, use a wet cloth, hat or umbrella while going out during peak hours.
  • Drink sufficient water even if not feeling thirsty to avoid dehydration.
  • Use ORS, homemade drinks like lassi, Torani (water rise) sugarcane juice, lemon water, butte milk etc. to dehydrate the body.
  • Caution workers to avoid direct sunlight during the peak hours.
  • Schedule strenuous jobs to cooler times of the day.
  • Increasing the frequency and length of rest breaks for outdoor activities.
  • Pregnant workers and workers with medical conditions should be given additional attention.

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