The Indian Meteorological Department has officially issued heat wave warnings to eight states across India - Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Karnataka, reports Skymet Weather.

Many districts in the above states are experiencing scorching heat with the mercury constantly hovering above 40 degree Celcius throughout the day.

In light of this, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has prescribed certain do's and dont's that people need to adhere to in order to ensure prevent serious ailments or death due to heat stroke.

According to NDMA, to minimise the impact during the heat wave:

Avoid going out in the sun, especially between 12.00 noon and 3.00 p.m.

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Drink sufficient water and as often as possible, even if not thirsty. While travelling, carry water with you.

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Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, and porous cotton clothes. If you work outside, use a hat or an umbrella and also use a damp cloth on your head, neck, face and limbs

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Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks, which dehydrates the body.

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Avoid high-protein food and do not eat stale food.

Do not leave children or pets in parked vehicles.

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If you feel faint or ill, see a doctor immediately.

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Use ORS, homemade drinks like lassi, torani (rice water), lemon water, buttermilk, etc. which helps to re-hydrate the body.

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Keep animals in shade and give them plenty of water to drink.

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Keep your home cool, use curtains, shutters or sunshade and open windows at night.

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Use fans, damp clothing and take bath in cold water frequently.

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