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Tuesday, July 5, 2016
OSDH Warns of Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
For Release: July 5, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601
Summer is here and the temperatures are rising. Approximately 660 deaths occur annually in the United States associated with excess natural heat.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently, and it often results in severe organ damage or even death.
It is important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and act quickly.
A heat stroke is a medical emergency. If any signs are recognizable, call 911 immediately and move the person to a cooler environment. Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
The OSDH offers the following safety tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
For more information on summer heat safety, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430 or visit http://ips.health.ok.gov.
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