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Heat Wave Creates Dangers for Oklahomans

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According to newsok.com the National Weather Service is warning of a heat advisory in Oklahoma for the rest of the week. Oklahomans can expect highs to reach triple digits while the heat index will go even higher. Lets all remember the danger that this high heat poses.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to four years of age, people 65 years of age and older, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications.

The CDC also lists warning signs for those suffering from potential heat stroke. Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following according to the CDC:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

These are some of the basic things to help identify heat stroke. If you even suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke immediately seek medical attention. You are dealing with as serious life threatening medical condition.

Another aspect I find interesting is that over-heating and/or heat stroke can often lead to unsafe driving. I’m sure man of us can remember driving back from a sporting practice and exhibiting many of the above signs of over-heating and/or heat stroke. I remember driving home with my legs cramping, heaving sweating and a severe headache. Luckily, I didn’t harm anyone. However, for the safety of others remember these symptoms allow for a very unsafe driver.