By Moses Adenyi
To mitigate the intensity of the prevailing heatwave, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), has urged Lagosians to guide against effects of extreme heat by drinking lots of water and ensuring adequate ventilation at homes and offices.
Disclosing this in a release made available to NewsDirect on Thursday, the Agency hinted Lagosians on the need to be adequately prepared for heat intensity associated with the dry season which has manifested globally as heatwaves.
Cautioning Lagos residents on the hazards of the emerging environmental phenomenon with serious public health implications, the Agency stated that Lagos being a highly urbanised city, has a higher risk of increased warming due to the heat.
LASEPA warned further that the effect of the environmental phenomenon 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.
The Agency however urged Lagosians, as precautionary moves, 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.