Firefighters warn about upcoming heat dangers

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OKLAHOMA CITY,Okla.-EMSA was called out to ten related heat calls Friday alone and we all know its the talk around town.

Believe it or not we found some brve souls working out in this heat, but first responders say it could be dangerous.

"I'm dying right now it's pretty hot," one woman walking near Lake Hefner said.

"The heat's been kind of wild these past couple of days," another lake frequenter said.

Beating heat is the main thing on Oklahoman's minds right now.

"Plan your day around the heat index, the hottest part of the day is again from 10 to 4 don't want to do any strenuous activities outside," Capt. Zach Bruhn with the Oklahoma City Fire Department said.

Firefighters warn if you don't take care, you could be risking your life.

"2 to 4 cups of water per hour during those times if you have to be out in the heat," Capt. Bruhn says.

And just in case you dont heed the warning, the fire dept is prepared.

"Right here we have our coolers there built into every firetruck, we can keep all of her medications in here," Capt. Bruhn explained.

Even the medications are cooled.

"Ice bags that we change out about every 12 hours it keeps our IV fluids nice and cool and we got ice cold compresses that we can crack and it will initiate the freezing temperature inside the bag it's very easy to keep somebody cool if they're warm and overheated," Capt. Bruhn said.
"Right we have to get used to it but hopefully we'll get some rain to cool it down," another lake enthusiast said.
Firefighters also advise to avoid high alcohol contents during the peak heat hours, the alcohol rapidly induces dehydration.

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