Summer is a season for outdoors activities: Beach, Trips, Excursions, Parties-these are just some of the many activities that take place during this time. However, summer is also known as a season of environmental hazards, especially for those of us living in tropical climes (Caribbean Nationals):
- Hot Temperatures (avg 33C)
- Torrential Rainfall/Flash Flooding
These phenomena, while natural, can be hazardous to our health.
- Hot temperatures can result in rapid water loss from our bodies; without us replenishing that which we’ve lost, the end result can be:
- Trigger of Medical Conditions (e.g. Asthma Attack, High Blood Pressure)
- And in Extreme Cases, Death
Droughts can evaporate water supply needed by homes, hospitals, communities, towns & cities. Thus threatening health, livelihoods, food security and economies. Very little water available at hospitals, means a possible reduction in the number, and kind of healthcare being administered. Very little water available to homes & communities, means possible sanitary & hygiene problems; and potential loss of livelihoods (crops destroyed/reduced yield); Droughts can mean an inflation in the prices of agricultural goods, thus threatening the food security (capacity to purchase adequate nutritious foods to sustain one’s self, and that of their families.
Torrential Rainfall/Flash Flooding can result in the transmission of pathogens (disease causing agents) into our waterways, thus potentially causing widespread illnesses (diarrhoea); destroy agricultural crops and livestock, thus potentially affecting food security of those with low free income.
- Aim to drink avg 6-8ozs of water daily.Enforce the practice of drinking a cup of water average once every 45 min during daytime
- Exercise either early in the morning (avg 5am-8am) or evening (5pm-8pm)
- Strive to consume predominantly water-dense goods (fruits, vegetables)
- Drink bottled water from a trusted supplier/boil water before domestic use (drinking & cooking)
- Apply Private water storage mechanism for use in the event of water lock off
- Plant drought resistant crops, or enforce trusted agricultural methods to limit water loss in crops and potential loss in income, and food.
The summer is a season for outdoors, and fun. However it is also a season of potential hazards to our health. How much we are impacted individually, or collectively as a community, by these highlighted phenomena,depends primarily on the behavioral practices we employ.
July 2, 2017