He offered tips of:
* drink lots of fluid (avoiding caffeine and alcohol)
* take frequent breaks
* wear sun screen and hats to offset the extreme Ultra-Violet Radiation index
Lloyd Colston, Altus Emergency Manager, also encouraged neighbors to
be neighborly. "If you have a neighbor who just got home from the
hospital, please make sure they have a way to stay cool."
This advice also is for those with pets, young children, or the elderly.
Colston stated the UV index has been extreme over the last few days.
Cain encouraged area residents to know the signs of heat stroke,
heat exhaustion, and heat stress. He also encouraged residents to
"Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat." The American Red
Cross first aid information is at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/heat-wave
National Weather Service information for heat issues is at
http://www.weather.gov/om/heat/index.shtml, information about UV index
is at http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uviscale.html while the Federal
Emergency Management Agency has tips at
HEAT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT FRIDAY...16-17 June ... does NOT include
City of Altus but it will be close since Kiowa and Tillman County is included. * TEMPERATURE...HEAT INDICES ARE EXPECTED RISE INTO THE 105 TO 110 DEGREE RANGE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. * IMPACTS...A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHTWEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Can you offer some additional tips for staying safe in this period of hot weather?