Cold weather prompts health agencies to make recommendations

The Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo recommended special care to Social Security institutions, nursing homes and continuing care units regarding the cold wave.

The Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (ARSLVT), through the Department of Public Health, recommends strengthening preventive measures, taking into account the predictions of a cold wave with the possibility of negative temperatures and that should extend For a week (according to forecasts of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere – IPMA).

ARSLVT recommends the population to stay protected from the cold, avoiding intense physical exertion outdoors

“The ARSLVT also warns the entire population about the convenience of taking basic measures of prevention and protection of health,” reads a statement released Friday, in which reminds that in case of need people should call the line Health 24 (808242424) or go to the nearest health center, avoiding hospital emergencies.

Warning for the health consequences of exposure to severe cold, particularly for several consecutive days, ARSLVT recommends the population to stay protected from the cold, especially if they have any health problems, avoiding intense physical exertion outdoors.

Attention to ventilation in the case of the use of fireplaces, braziers, salamanders or gas heating equipment

In the communiqué, it is recommended that house temperatures be maintained between 18 and 21 degrees, that attention should be paid to ventilation in the case of the use of fireplaces, braziers, salamanders or gas-fired heating equipment, if several layers of More frequent and hot meals.

The forecasts of the IPMA point to very low temperatures during the whole next week that in some days can oscillate between the two and the 10 degrees in the region of Lisbon. In regions such as Bragança, temperatures can drop to minus five degrees, with two negative degrees already on Saturday.


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