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Netchu-sho (Heat Stroke)

As part of our efforts to save energy in the wake of the March 11 disaster, this summer we are asked to curb our use of air-conditioning.  Air-conditioning accounts for more than half of the electricity consumed by Japanese households at the peak time of 2 p.m.  If we don’t use air-conditioning, however, we’ll be at risk of developing Netchu-sho or heat stroke.  Heat stroke is a form of hyperthermia, in which the body temperature is elevated dramatically and can occur even if you stay indoors.

Symptoms, signs, and treatment

Heat stroke can be fatal if not promptly and properly treated. Cooling the victim is a critical step in the treatment of heat stroke.

Things you can do to prevent heat stroke (PDF/712KB)

The most important measures to prevent heat strokes are to avoid becoming dehydrated and to avoid vigorous physical activities in hot and humid weather.

Tips for energy-efficient use of air-conditioners

For more information about heat stroke, visit the Environmental Ministry’s website at the following address. (In Japanese)

Heat Stroke Prevention Manual by the Environmental Ministry

(Effective July 2011)

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