Dan's blog: Hot weather tips to keep you safe this summer

TULSA - If you've seen the 7 Day Forecast , you know summer heat is about to kick into overdrive.

Like we do during storm season, take time to plan for prepare for this extreme weather.

Unlike severe storms, which we often know about days before it happens, heat is much more subtle. It can creep up on you and cause some serious health problems like heat stroke and even death.

The last week of July to the first week of August is typically the most dangerous time for Tulsa as it records the hottest temperatures of the year , on average. 

By the end of August, the sun angle is lower in the sky and the days a little shorter, allowing the heat to moderate.

But we are still far from that.

For now, it's probably wise to remind folks of the hazards triple digit temperatures bring. Even if you may know how to handle these summer rays, remember: It's our sick, elderly and children that are the most vulnerable.

So consider these tips to keep you and your loved one's safe:

  • Do less outside in summer than you do in the spring or fall.
  • Avoid outside exercise and chores during the hottest part of the day. (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Consider joining a gym and using the indoor pool or treadmills instead of walking/running in the heat.
  • If you do work outside, take frequent breaks and drink a lot of non-alcoholic fluids.
  • Wear light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing to help stave off the effects of the heat.
  • Eat foods high in water content, such as fruits and vegetables.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, visit the library, mall, or your church during the hottest part of the day. Find out if your local community center is open for daily visits.
  • Check on your elderly family members and neighbors during these hot spells.
  • NEVER leave a child in a vehicle, even if it is just for a minute. To help remind you your baby is in the car seat, leave your purse or diaper bag in the back seat with your child.
  • If you are outside for long periods, wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Finally, remember your outside pets. They need cool fresh water and shade. A co-worker bought a very small kiddies' swimming pool for $20 and said her dogs love to play in it. It keeps them cool and happy.

Summer is just getting started and we still have many more weeks before we enjoy our fall temperatures.
Autumn doesn't begin until September 22. Just as in spring, prepare yourself and your family to do battle with the weather.

As I write this,  I can hear our outdoor air compressor kicking in, so a reminder to not be shocked when you get your next electric bill in the mail. (pun intended)

Be careful out there!


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