When the temperature reaches triple digits, several locations in Shawnee offer a place to beat the heat.
The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures during the coming week and into the weekend. Temperatures expected to rise above 100 degrees in the region.
When a heat advisory is issued for the Shawnee area, The Salvation Army offers a cooling zone.
Public places such as the Shawnee Library and the Shawnee Mall are other locations one can go to stay cool.
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), approximately 620 people die from heat-related illness in the United States each year.
The OSDH reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat rash, heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently, and it often results in severe organ damage or even death.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers a few helpful tips to stay safe during the heat:
1. If headed outside, one should wear weather appropriate clothing. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
2. Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to recover.
3. Cut down on exercise during the heat. If you’re not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, stop all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.]
4. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.
5. Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.