OSDH Promotes Summer Heat Safety Tips
Summer is here and the temperatures are rising. Extreme heat can lead to heat-related illness and even death caused by hyperthermia (overheating). In the United States, approximately 400 people die each year from hyperthermia and 200 additional deaths occur with heat as a contributing factor.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illnesses can range from heat cramps and heat exhaustion to heatstroke. Heatstroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself quickly enough resulting in severe damage to major organs and often death.
It’s 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.
OSDH offers the following suggestions for preventing a heat-related illness:
- Persons over 65 years of age
- Persons with a mental illness
- Persons who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
- Outdoor workers
To receive more information on summer heat safety, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430 or visit http://ips.health.ok.gov.
Additional information on summer heat safety can be found on these websites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Occupational Safety and Health Administration