① Prevent heat stroke, use ambulances properly
[Inquiries] Keibo-ka Kyukyu Tanto (Manager for Emergency Aid, Fire Suppression Division), Naka Fire Station
August is the month of the year when the number of emergency calls increases dramatically. One of the main reasons for this is heatstroke!
As the number of emergency calls continues to increase, it will become more difficult for ambulances to reach those in need quickly and efficiently. Let's learn the correct way to prevent heatstroke and use ambulances appropriately.
Take steps to prevent heatstroke in summer, the time of year when ambulances are at their busiest!
Be careful on days when the heat index (WBGT) is high
Take care when wearing a mask
Remove your mask when you are outdoors and at a distance of at least 2 meters from other people.
Avoid strenuous exercise!
Rehydrate frequently, especially when wearing a mask!
What to do if you get sick - How to treat heatstroke
Mild symptoms: Dizziness, lightheadedness, shivering, tingling in hands and feet
→ Move to a cooler place, rest, and rehydrate.
Moderate symptoms: Headache, nausea, lethargy, weakness in the body, loss of concentration and judgment
→ Move to a cooler place, cool yourself down, rest, and rehydrate/replenish salt sufficiently (good choices include commercially available sports drinks, oral rehydration solution, etc.)
→See a doctor if you are unable to take in fluids orally or your symptoms do not improve.
Proper use of ambulances!
When should you call an ambulance?
→ Call an ambulance when it is an emergency.
Example: Severe heatstroke
Problems with mobility: Unable to walk as usual, etc.
Problems with consciousness: Unable to respond/talk properly when spoken to
High body temperature
→Do not hesitate to call an ambulance.
Please avoid inappropriate use of ambulances
Past examples of inappropriate reasons for calling an ambulance:
・Because my sunburn hurts
・Because I’m going to be hospitalized today
・Because I can’t stop hiccupping
・Because I called my helper, but they didn’t show up
・Because I’ve run out of the medicine I received at the hospital
・Because I was in a car accident. I am not seriously injured, but I want to see a doctor just in case
If you are not sure whether to call an ambulance
If in doubt, please contact Yokohama City Emergency Medical Consultation Center.
Call #7119 or 232-7119 (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
●A specialist will advise you on whether you should call an ambulance or go to a hospital immediately.
●You will be referred to a hospital or clinic that will see you.
Please also use the Yokohama City Emergency Consultation Guide（外部サイト）, which can be viewed from a PC or smartphone.
Request from Naka Fire Station
Ambulances are a limited medical resource
Yokohama City currently has a fleet of 80 ambulances in operation. Even so, there are times when there are not enough ambulances and people have to wait their turn. We in the ambulance service devote ourselves to saving lives. Ask yourself honestly: do you really need to call an ambulance? There may be other people who truly require our assistance... Please think about the needs of others over your own.
Of course, if you think there is an emergency, then please call 119 immediately.
We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, doing everything we can to help!
② Multicultural Community Column: A Little Helping Hand (1)
[Inquiries] Kikaku Chosei-kakari (Planning and Adjustment Section), Naka Ward Office
Tel: 224-8127 Fax: 224-8214
Naka Ward is trying to create a community where each and every person can live their own life regardless of their nationality or roots.
If there is someone you know who is having trouble getting to grips with differences in lifestyle or culture, please take the time to listen to them and do what you can to lend a little helping hand.
Community parks are a popular place to go out with children. But it may surprise you to learn that even the everyday parks we know and love differ from country to country.
【Ms. Chen (from China), who has been in Japan for three years】
I was surprised to see sandpits in Japanese parks.
In my country, we don't have sandpits in parks.
【Ms. Yamashita, a friendly neighbor】
You’ll often find sandpits in parks in Japan, as well as nursery schools and elementary schools.
Oh, so different countries have different play equipment for children!
My child loves going to the park.
We’d like to go to other parks in the neighborhood if there are any good ones...
If that’s the case, you should check out the “Map of Naka Ward Parks,” which is packed with information on parks in Naka Ward.
It’s also handy because it tells you if there are facilities such as playground equipment, restrooms, etc.!
Invite your friends and try it out!
Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks a lot!
Map of Naka Ward Parks has been translated into three languages.
Make sure to tell everyone in your neighborhood about it!
⇒You can download a copy of Map of Naka Ward Parks here.