Update: Day 4 of an Oklahoma Heat Alert
Emergency Management Services reports that as of Friday afternoon, crews had responded to seven heat related emergencies in the metro.
So far in the 4 days the heat alert has been active 23 patients have been treated. The heat danger will remain through Saturday night.
You are urged to take extra safety precautions due to the extreme temperatures.
- Take frequent breaks doing outdoor activity.
- Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
- Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body. Do not take salt tablets unless under medical supervision.
- Dress infants and children in cool, loose light colored clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella.
- Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours.
- Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.
People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. It is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt contained in sweat. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, people with high blood pressure, and people working or exercising in a hot environment.
Recognizing Heat Exhaustion
Warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:
- Heavy sweating
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
The skin may be cool and moist. The victim’s pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. Seek medical attention immediately if any of the following occurs:
- Symptoms are severe
- The victim has heart problems or high blood pressure
Help the victim to cool off, CALL 911.