Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, has advised Lagosians to guide against extreme heat by drinking lots of water and ensuring adequate ventilation at homes and offices in order to mitigate the intensity of the prevailing heatwave in the State.
A release by the Agency on Thursday stated that there is a need to be adequately prepared for heat intensity associated with the dry season which has manifested globally as heatwaves, an emerging environmental phenomenon with serious public health implications.
The statement opined that Lagos, being a highly urbanised city, has a higher risk of increased warming due to the heat, warning that the effect is palpable where there is a high density of dark surfaces (concretes structures, paved roads and buildings) that absorb and emit more heat within a defined area.
“High rate of fire and flooding incidents are some of the effects of heatwaves, and this underscores the need to desist from burning refuse, being a contributory factor to a high rate of heatwaves. Other factors that contribute to heatwaves include the use of poorly-serviced generators and use of ozone-depleting materials, all of which add to greenhouse gas emissions”, the statement added.
Lagosians have also been urged to engage in tree planting activities and greenery within their localities and environments, ensure that they are properly hydrated at all times and stay within well ventilated areas.