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Staying safe as temperatures rise in Green Country

Heat Advisory safety precautions and tips
Posted at 9:33 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2021-07-30 17:46:06-04

TULSA, Okla. — Parts of Green Country , including Tulsa, are under a heat advisory.

So, what does that mean? A heat advisory means people can be affected by the heat if they don't take precautions, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). NWS said advisories are issued to bring awareness so people when to take precautions.

The late night and early morning hours are the safest hours to be outside if doing strenuous activities.

When it comes to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, there are similarities, but key differences.

  • For heat exhaustion, you'll feel faint or dizzy, but with heat stroke, you get a bad headache.
  • With heat stroke, you don't sweat, but your body temperature rises above 103.
  • Now with both, you do become nauseous or vomit.
  • In terms of your heart, you'll have a rapid pulse during both events.
  • After the onset of heat exhaustion, you'll want to get to a cooler place and drink water.
  • If you think you've had heat stroke, try to get yourself cool and have somebody call 911 immediately.

Heat Advisory Safety Precautions:

  • Slow Down - certain activities should be reduced or rescheduled for the cooler times of day.
  • Dress for the Heat - light-colored and lightweight clothing will reflect the sunlight and heat.
  • Drink Plenty of Water - the body needs water to stay cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if your not thirsty.
  • Stay away from alcoholic drinks.
  • Try to stay away from getting too much sun - sunburns make it difficult to control body heat.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioning.

Certain temperatures impact people differently.

  • 80-90 degree heat indexes can cause fatigue.
  • 90-105 degree heat indexes can cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion and sunstroke.
  • 105-130 degree heat indexes can cause sunstroke, heat cramps/heat exhaustion likely and heat stroke possible.
  • 130 or higher degree heat indexes can trigger heatstroke, sunstroke. It's highly likely.

READ MORE: Red Cross on How to Treat Heat-Related Illnesses

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