Officials advise on avoiding heat illnesses


Monday, August 7th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


The American Red Cross is dispensing advice to keep heat-related illnesses to a minimum as Oklahoma's temperatures surpass 100 this
week.

The agency's Tulsa Area Chapter said:
--People outdoors should slow down, avoid strenuous activity if possible and stay indoors in the air conditioning or out of the sunshine.

--Even fans that don't cool the air do help evaporate sweat, which cools the body.

--Wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing also helps.

--Those venturing outdoors should drink a lot of liquid, even if they're not thirsty.

--People should avoid drinks with alcohol and caffeine that can worsen heat's affect on the body. Beer dehydrates the body.

--People outdoors should eat small meals and eat more often. The agency cautions against foods that are high in protein because they
increase metabolic heat.

--Salt tablets should be avoided, unless a doctor directs otherwise.

--Strenuous chores should be done at cooler times, such as early morning.