Rescue Board warns public to exercise caution during heatwave

Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Based on the State Weather Service's (Riigi ilmateenistus) prognosis, temperatures will rise to 32C in the coming days. The Rescue Board (Päästeamet) has called for the public to stay safe during the heat wave and to be careful handling fires during this dry time.

The Rescue Board stresses that fire risk is increasing with each day and when making a fire, proper caution must be taken. During the heat wave, children and older people need to be monitored especially, ETV's news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported on Wednesday.

Germo Kalpus, senior operative at the Rescue Board, said: "First thing is to consume plenty of water and to make sure that children and older people don't overheat. When swimming, make sure that the location is safe, preferably at beaches with lifeguards present and where the water is not as deep. /.../ Wear lighter colors and everyone, including adults, should wear head coverings."

It should also be borne in mind that children and animals should not be left in cars, because their interiors heat up to high levels very quickly.

Kalpus added: "We've had situations in previous years where children have been sitting in cars alone and concerned citizens have called us to break open the doors and/or look for the owners of the car."

The State Weather Service has issued a weather warning as a heatwave approaches Estonia in the second half of the week, which is likely to cause air temperatures to exceed 30C. The highest temperatures are forecast in South Estonia, the weather service says.

The level one (lowest on a scale of three) warning is issued when weather can present a danger in certain situations, and the public should take into account conditions when planning their activities and regularly check weather updates.

The State Weather Service website is here.


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