Excessive Heat Cautions In Effect For Green Country

Monday, September 3rd 2012, 8:41 am
By: Dee Duren

Tulsa County is under an excessive heat warning with temperatures expected to climb to 103 to 107 across the state Labor Day. A state-wide burn ban is still in effect for Oklahoma as well.

The excessive heat warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Other Oklahoma counties are under heat advisories including Creek County, Craig County, Mayes County, Muskogee County, Okmulgee County, Rogers and Wagoner counties.

See a full list of heat advisories

The National Weather Service warns that anyone spending time outdoors should take precautions against heat illness. Try to schedule activities in the early morning or evening hours. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing when possible and be sure to drink plenty of water.

Anyone working outside should take frequent rest breaks in the shade or air conditioning.

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Heat Stroke

  • Warning signs of heat stroke may include:
  • High Body Temperature (above 103°F)
  • Rapid, Strong Pulse
  • Red, Hot, Dry Skin
  • Unconsciousness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Throbbing Headache
  • Nausea

If someone suffers a heat stroke, you should call 911 then cool the victim by:

  • Getting Them To A Shady Area
  • Removing Their Clothing
  • Applying Cool Or Tepid Water To Their Skin
  • Fanning Them To Promote Sweating And Evaporation

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

A more moderate form of heat-related illnesses is heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and unbalanced replacement of fluids. It is the body's response to losing too much water and salt contained in sweat.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Muscle Cramps
  • Paleness
  • Heavy Sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea Or Vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness

If symptoms worsen or last longer than an hour, seek medical attention immediately.

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