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Emergency Responders Advise Caution in This Week's Extreme Heat

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With a heat advisory in effect for most of northeast Oklahoma Wednesday, anyone spending time outdoors is subject to the risks that come with the extreme heat.

"For July, this is probably about right," said one man in line for lunch at a food truck at Guthrie Green. Wednesday afternoon in the Brady District means food trucks surrounding the Green and lines of hungry customers everywhere.

With temperatures soaring into the triple digits, the notorious Oklahoma heat is making its appearance and making food truck employees like Devo McFarland's job a little more challenging. "Whatever it is outside, it's generally about ten degrees hotter in the truck. So, it gets hot, man. It gets super hot," said McFarland.

Inside the Dog House food truck is definitely not the ideal place for beating this kind of heat. "Enclosed spaces kind of suck," McFarland added.

Emergency responders with the Tulsa Fire Department see the mistakes made in this kind of heat, all the time. "They're not used to it. By the time they figure out they're in trouble, they're overheated -- they're dehydrated and that's when the problems start. [It] sneaks up on you," said Stan May with the Tulsa Fire Department.

May says it is important to make sure you are taking in the right fluids. He emphasizes that water is key and caffeinated drinks will only dehydrate you. He also says to start any outdoor activity during the cooler parts of the day and try to pair up with someone, at all times. "Make sure that if you are going to work out in the heat, there's -- it's not just you. Somebody there to talk to, somebody that can recognize when you're not acting quite right," May said.

For some out on Guthrie Green Wednesday afternoon, the answer to the heat is simple. "Drink water -- Lots and lots of water," said one man.

May says, if you feel like something is wrong, call emergency responders immediately.

EMSA tells KTUL, they have received 13 heat-related calls since Monday. They say it takes five or more of those calls in one day for them to issue a "medical heat alert."

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