BEAT THE HEAT: Officials offer tips on staying safe in dangerous temperatures

TULSA, Okla. — Earlier Monday, EMSA said they’ve responded to six suspected heat calls.

In Tulsa County, officials have put their extreme temperature plan in place which allows for cooling centers to be opened.

There are three cooling centers open in the city, and they are free and open to the public for individuals and families seeking shelter from the heat and they are located at:

  • John 3:16 Mission | 506 N. Cheyenne | Open 24/7
  • The Salvation Army Center of Hope | 102 N. Denver Ave. | Open 24/7
  • Tulsa County Emergency Shelter | 2401 Charles Page Blvd | Open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Rev. Steve Whitaker with John 3:16 Mission told FOX23 a little bit of compassion can go a long way when it comes to helping others get out of the heat.

He advised Tulsa residents let others about cooling centers in the city, especially people who appear to be homeless.

We have some tips on how to dress for the weather if you do have to be outside:

  • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing. Protect your face and head with a wide brimmed hat.
  • Drink lots of water; even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • East small meals and eat more often.
  • If home doesn’t have A/C seeks out public spaces like libraries and malls to escaped the heat of the day. Also check in at your community cooling centers.

We also have some tips on how to identify heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps:

Heat stroke: high body temperature, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, flushed skin, confusion.

Heat exhaustion: cool, moist skin, heavy sweating, weak yet rapid pulse, low blood pressure when standing, muscle cramps, headache.

Heat cramps: involuntary spasms after spending time in the heat.

Heat stroke can be deadly. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, you should call 911.