Heat Exhaustion a Danger in Sweltering Texoma Summer

Extremely high temperatures are expected to last through the weekend and this heat can cause some serious health problems or worse.

If you're feeling thirsty, you're already suffering one of the first symptoms of dehydration.

Wichita Falls Firefighter Shawn Schroeder says whether you are working out outside or have to work outside for a living, it's important to take the necessary steps to avoid falling victim to these sizzling temperatures. 

Schroeder says there's no escaping the hot summer during an emergency.

"We have heavy turnout gear so we keep water on all the units and try to have many people staffed so we don't overwork ourselves," Schroeder says. 

Also, Schroeder says it's easy for anyone to fall victim to extreme temperatures.

"Try to stay inside," Schroeder says. "Avoid the heat as much as you can but if you do have to work outside, just stay hydrated. Stay away from the caffeine and the alcohol."

In addition, Midwestern State University Head Athletic Trainer Gary Diehm says there are many times that they have to practice right in the heat of the day.

Diehm says they try to train indoors as much as possible. 

"Having the athletes acclimated to the heat; making sure we're pushing the fluids." Diehm says. 

While drinking lots of water is key, athletes also have these cool tricks they do to beat the heat that may benefit you.

MSU Football Center Shadow Stokes says, "Stay cool, put water on my head or my neck just to kind of cool off my body temperature as well and keep it low."

Ricky Clark, MSU Football Guard, says, "The occasional Gatorade but don't drink too much of that. It could make you cramp up and then always eat something a couple hours before practice, don't go out there on an empty stomach."

MSU Defensive End Emerson Evans says, "Go outside, sit in the shade, get in the sun a little but, jog around; just don't be in the A/C 24/7."

These are handy tips Schroeder says can help you survive the scorching weather.

"Don't underestimate it. It is dangerous so stay hydrated and stay out of the heat the best you can," Schroeder says. 

If you think you may be suffering from heat exhaustion, here are some of the symptoms to look out for:
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • nausea 
  • blurred vision
If you're not careful, heat exhaustion could turn into a heat stroke so keep an eye for symptoms like: 
  • throbbing headache
  • lack of sweat despite the heat
  • red, hot and dry skin
  • muscle cramps
Make sure to call 911 if you think you are suffering from a medical emergency.  

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