EMSA Urges Caution For Everyone Out In Oklahoma Summer Heat


Wednesday, July 20th 2016, 6:09 pm
By: Tess Maune


EMSA has responded to more than 175 heat-related calls since May 1. The victims vary in age, as do the causes.

In triple digits temps, it's not just the young and elderly at risk. EMSA says it's dangerous for anyone out in the heat for long, no matter how light or strenuous the activity might be.

We can use the shade to shield the sun, but it doesn't necessarily help escape the heat.

Tess: “It looks like your knees are even sweating,”
Tony Gonzales: “Yeah, you're drenched in sweat all day.”

Tony Gonzales and his family work outside from sun up, to sun down for Rafael’s Tree Service.

“It's extremely hot. You're talking about working in a 100-degree weather,” he said. “You just get dehydrated so much faster than you would in the wintertime.”

Their best line of defense, lots of water and sports drinks.

“Eight to 12 bottles a day,” Gonzalez said.

And plenty of breaks.

EMSA says, many times, perfectly healthy adults end up becoming victims of the heat because they overdo it, especially for those not acclimated to the extreme temps.

Joash Ochieng was on foot Wednesday to get to the pool. He said being from Kenya he's aware of how dangerous the heat can be, so he hydrates and takes breaks when he has to walk.

“Just make sure you don't pass out,” he said.

Experts say it's important to pay attention to how long you've been outside. That goes for both young and old.

Tulsa mother, Sarah Coehling said, “We usually try to start around 10:30, then we're done around one or two when the heat of the day comes.”

Experts say if you're outside, drink at least 20 ounces of water every hour and take as many breaks in the shade as you can; for some that may be every 10 minutes, for others, it may be every half hour.

EMSA says it's important to listen to your body.