American Red Cross urges caution during Okla. heat

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The American Red Cross is urging Oklahomans to take precautions as summer-like temperatures spread across the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says excessive heat has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather events including tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.

The Red Cross says everyone is at risk when temperatures rise above 90 degrees, but the elderly and very young are most susceptible to heat and related illnesses.

Heat-related illnesses can cause serious injury and even death if unattended. Warning signs include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches.

The Red Cross says persons with heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place, given cool water to drink and ice packs or cool wet cloths should be applied to the skin.

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