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It's Getting Hot in OKC!

Updated: Jun 19

Planning outdoor activities? The 7 day forecast is getting up into the 100's ! Check out our tips for having fun and staying safe below!

Staying safe in hot weather is crucial to prevent heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here are some comprehensive tips to help you stay safe:

Stay Hydrated

It's essential to drink plenty of water, aiming for at least 8-10 glasses a day, and increase this amount if you are active or sweating a lot. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can lead to dehydration. Eating hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumber, and oranges also helps keep you hydrated.

Dress Appropriately

Wearing lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing can help you stay cool. Use sun protection by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and applying sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

Stay Cool

Seek shade whenever possible and avoid direct sun exposure, especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spending time in air-conditioned places such as shopping malls, libraries, or community centers can help you stay cool. Taking cool showers or baths can lower your body temperature, and applying damp cloths or ice packs to your wrists, neck, and forehead can provide relief.

Plan Activities Wisely

Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day, and try to schedule physical activities for cooler times like early morning or late evening. If you must be active, take frequent breaks in the shade or a cool place to avoid overheating.

Recognize Signs of Heat Illness

Knowing the symptoms of heat exhaustion (heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale, and clammy skin, fast or weak pulse, nausea or vomiting) and heat stroke (high body temperature, hot, red, dry or moist skin, rapid and strong pulse, possible unconsciousness) is crucial. If you or someone else shows signs of heat illness, move to a cooler place, apply cool cloths, and seek medical attention if necessary.

Special Precautions

Regularly check on elderly individuals, young children, and those with health conditions to ensure they are staying cool and hydrated. Never leave children or pets in cars, as the temperature inside a parked car can rise rapidly even with the windows cracked.

Stay Informed

Monitor weather reports to stay updated on heat advisories and warnings from local weather services. This can help you plan and take necessary precautions during extreme heat conditions.

Lastly, make sure to keep hydrated and refreshed with pure, filtered water, and enjoy the benefits of healthier living!

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