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Weather-related tips for dealing with the heat; provided by the National Weather Service

by Bryan Painter Published: September 6, 2013

Since there are numerous outdoor events and games this weekend and the forecast is calling for warm weather, following are some weather-related safety tips regarding Heat. These are from the National Weather Service.

Safety Tips

- Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

- Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

- Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.

- Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.

- During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.

- Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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