Apr 26, 2023 at 07:10 Update: 5 minutes ago
The Red Cross asks people to pay close attention to the cold during King’s Night and King’s Day. For example, it is not wise for children who want to sell things to sit on the floor. It can be very cold due to night frost.
During King’s Night it will freeze in many places. This ensures that the well-known rugs with merchandise on the free markets end up on a cold ground.
“The cold of Wednesday night still remains in the ground,” says Louise Schalkoort, first aid instructor at the Red Cross. “So don’t let children sit on the cold floor, but take a chair with you.”
On King’s Day itself it will be colder than on New Year’s Day. Parents should ensure that their children dress warmly.
It is also good to drink enough water or hot tea and to eat well in between, emphasizes the Red Cross.
Children in particular had better dress warmly this year during King’s Day. Photo: ANP
‘Be careful with alcohol during King’s Night’
The perceived temperature drops to freezing point during King’s Night. The Red Cross warns that hypothermia quickly lurks when people drink alcohol.
“Hypothermia develops faster when people have been drinking. Alcohol dilates the blood vessels. That gives a warm feeling, but you also lose heat. The body temperature drops, but people do not feel it because of the alcohol.”
The Red Cross therefore warns partygoers to be well prepared. Dress warmly and be careful with alcohol are the main tips.
Hundreds of aid workers are ready to provide first aid during King’s Night. They are located in more than a hundred locations throughout the country. Blankets and hot drinks are available at the first aid posts.
At numerous festivals and events, people can go to first aid posts. The Red Cross can also be found in the inner cities of Amsterdam and Utrecht.