Oklahomans Encouraged to Keep Cool
Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Jun 11, 2013 in Announcements
Temperatures throughout Oklahoma have slowly been creeping into the 90s while the heat index in some locations has reached 99 degrees. The American Red Cross has begun encouraging residents to keep cool as temperatures continue to rise.
According to the Center for Disease Control, on average, 658 heat-related deaths occur each year in the United States. Furthermore, data analysis from 2012 indicates that the number of heat-related deaths is actually on the rise since 2009.
Extreme heat can lead to high body temperatures, brain and organ damage, and death. Heat related illness and death is preventable and Oklahoman's should take the following steps to avoid succumbing to the intense heat:
- Stay hydrated and keep water bottles handy
- Avoid direct sunlight and try walking under shaded areas while outdoors
- Wear sunscreen
- Use a protective hat when outdoors
- Wear lightweight, lightly colored clothing
Although everyone is susceptible to extreme temperatures the elderly, children, and those who work outdoors such as oilfield workers, are much more susceptible to the intense heat. Be sure to check on those who are most at-risk during summer heat waves. It is also important for residents to watch for the signs of heat illness, common symptoms include:
- Flushed or Pale Skin
- Heavy Sweating
June, July, and August are the hottest months of the year throughout the state however, specifically in August the average temperature in 2012 was 99.9 degrees. In Oklahoma City the all-time highest temperature in 2012 was 113 degrees. The Tulsa injury lawyers at The Edwards Law Firm would like to remind Oklahoman's about the importance of staying cool, hydrated, and protected from the heat this summer.