16 Safety Tips for the Harmattan Season
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the Harmattan season starts in mid-November and lasts till March. It’s a season that is shaped by cold, hazy weather conditions, atmospheric dust and dryness.
The consequences of not managing yourself well in this season are dire. For this reason, you need to get yourself acquainted with the safety tips for the harmattan season that will take you through this period successfully. If you are ready, here we go!
The following tips will help you cope with the season:
This will help prevent dehydration since the season increases perspiration, sweating and urination. Also, it’s an advantage that the season starts towards the end of the first term of school for the children. As a result, you can get a bigger water bottle for them and encourage them to take more water during school.
You cannot monitor the way your children play at school, but you can watch them at home.
This will help moisturize the skin and prevent crack lips. Shea butter is good too.
It is advisable to use the central waste management system available in your city.
If any of your family member is prone to asthmatic attack, let their inhaler always be with them. Double-check on that. Let them avoid dusty places as well.
6. Properly clean your rugs, duvet and curtains. Launder them for the season.
You can add some anti-allergic, fever relieving, Vitamin C supplements and pain medications in your first aid box.
During this season malaria is usually less because the breeding grounds for mosquitoes such as stagnant water would have dried up. So always see your doctor when down with a febrile ailment. KompleteCare™ is just a click away!
Wear outfits that will keep you warm during the night and cool during the hot afternoon. You can inform your child’s teacher to take off their cardigan in the afternoon when the temperature is high.
The heat can chase them out of their hiding during the day. Avoid pilling wood or objects against the wall in your compound so the reptiles won’t find hideouts. I don’t want to frighten you with the word snake, but there, I just did it.
Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants and can boost your immune system.
Flights tend to get cancelled or rescheduled a lot during harmattan due to intense haze. Avoid flying if possible and go for other means of transport instead.
13. Rinse your eyes with clean water and reduce your exposure to dust by wearing protective spectacles.
14. Persons who suffer from Sickle Cell Anaemia should be vigilant and keep warm as much as possible to prevent any crisis.
15. Due to the dusty atmosphere, we should practice a healthy food preservation culture:
Fruits and vegetables should be properly washed before eating and those of us that store our drinking water should always ensure that the containers are always covered.
16. Take your required and recommended shots:
Remember cerebrospinal meningitis vaccine.
There you have them, 16 whopping safety tips! Utilize these tips and hammer away this harmattan season and beyond!
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