The Philippine summer season brings with it some high temperatures, with the government’s Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) listing forecasted highs of up to 39.6C in various parts of the country. Unfortunately, the summer heat also brings with it increased incidences of heat-associated ailments like heatstroke and sunburn, as well as food poisoning and conjunctivitis. It is important to take care of one’s health in order to make the most out of summer.

Keep food in the refrigerator. Food is more prone to spoilage in the summer temperature, which can lead to food poisoning. Storing your food in the refrigerator keeps it away from the elements, allowing you to enjoy them longer.

Always wash your hands. Conjunctivitis and sore eyes are often transmitted through contact. Frequent and thorough washing helps reduce the

Apply sunscreen before going out under the sun. Prickly heat, or more commonly known as “bungang-araw”, and sunburns can result from prolonged exposure to the sun. Applying sunscreen helps protect the skin from the harmful UV rays.

Stay hydrated and in the shade. Prolonged exposure to heat can increase the risk of heatstroke. It is recommended to drink 12 glasses of water a day in order to properly replenish the body’s fluids. Staying in shaded or indoor areas from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. is also advisable, as these hours are when the temperature is at its highest.

Heatstroke may seem light, but its symptoms can be dangerous. Aside from dizziness, throbbing headaches, and muscle tiredness, you are also at risk of nausea and falling unconscious. This can lead to accidents like falling down stairs or collapsing while working in the kitchen, which puts your safety at risk as well.

Accidents in the home can be avoided, but when the unexpected happens, it’s best to be protected. Home insurance like Home Protect+ covers your home as well as your loved ones, through Personal Liability and Family Hospitalization benefits.

Preparation is key for enjoying summer to its fullest. With Home Protect+, you’ve got protection that lets you focus on the more important things.

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