Heatwave: At least 6 people treated for heat exhaustion

Emergency services are increasing calls to residents to avoid strenuous activity and remain hydrated.

FILE: The South African Weather Service says the high temperatures are expected to continue until Tuesday, affecting Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Paramedics say at least six people have been treated for heat exhaustion since the start of the extremely high temperatures across parts of the country last week.

Emergency services are increasing calls to residents to avoid strenuous activity and remain hydrated during the persistent heatwave.

The South African Weather Service says the high temperatures are expected to continue until Tuesday, affecting Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

ER 24's Werner Vermaak said, "Symptoms of heat exhaustion to look out for are dizziness, vomiting, muscle cramps, headaches, flushed skin or excessive sweating. If any of those are present make sure the person is removed from the heat area, call for assistance and try cool the person down with a wet cloth or something similar."

ER24 has shared the following heatwave tips:

• Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.

• Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children and ensure they stay well hydrated.

• Ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool clean water to drink as well.

• Try to stay out of direct sunlight.

• Wear the appropriate clothing and use sunscreen.

• Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep hydrated.

• If you are going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and that of children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.

• Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle, even with a window open.