Civil Defense issues heat wave warnings


Published: 2018-05-20 13:20

Last Updated: 2018-05-20 13:20

Applying water on the skin decreases perspiration. (file photo)
Applying water on the skin decreases perspiration. (file photo)

During the first days of Ramadan, Jordan has been under a challenging heat wave, which has lead the Civil Defense Department (CDD) to issue a number of directives to citizens and residents to help cope with the weather conditions.

Some of the advice was predictable, nevertheless necessary, such as avoiding direct sunlight for long periods, wearing hats and light, loose clothing in order to prevent heatstrokes and dehydration.

As for children, the CDD advised parents to keep them indoor during the midday heat and to not leave them unattended in vehicles while shopping, which should preferably be done later in the day.

As for measures in the house, the CDD warned that improper food storage may lead to food poisoning and pointed out that electrical appliances such as air conditioners, fans and others should not all be plugged in the same socket as it could lead to its destruction.

Finally, the CDD implored individuals to refrain from driving in the case of fatigue and encouraged people with chronic conditions to abide by their doctor’s orders and to not hesitate to call (911) in the case of emergency.