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OKLAHOMA CITY – While the temperature outside hasn’t been too bad today, we have had a few hot days this summer.

With more to come and the temperatures likely to only go up in the next few weeks, officials say we all need to start taking those heat precautions now.

It’s a lesson one KFOR employee is now very familiar with.

Tony Beverly knows all too well the dangers of heat. Working out of the KFOR live trucks, he is often in the elements.

Over the weekend he had a new experience. While working in his yard the heat began to get to him.

Beverly said, “Muscles started to cramp up and I knew something was wrong.”

He had climbed a ladder and gotten onto the roof to reach the top of a bush but found himself struggling to get down safely.

Beverly said, “I was really disoriented at first, as far as trying to get off the ladder.”

Jim Winham, with EMSA, said, “Anytime it gets hot outside, the heat above 90, the humidity is up people have to take precautions.”

EMSA officials warn as the temperatures continue to go up this summer we all need to take the right precautions, whether working in the yard or just going out for a day of fun.

Winham said, “You want to pre hydrate. Drink plenty of water and make sure you dress appropriately. Wear a hat or something. Decrease your exposure to the sun as much as you can.”

Beverly says at work he always makes sure to carry water with him, wear loose clothing and take breaks from the heat.

It’s advice he’ll start implementing at home as well.

He said, “When I pace myself it usually works out. I try to stay out of the heat as much as possible.”

EMSA says they are actually below normal when it comes to the number of heat related calls in June.

So far this year they have not had to issue a heat alert, which is odd considering it is almost July.