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Summer's heat poses extreme danger

Kami, a male Samatran tiger, takes a dip in the shallow pool in his exhibit area at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Wednesday. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

Kami, a male Samatran tiger, takes a dip in the shallow pool in his exhibit area at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Wednesday. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

Blistering afternoon highs are forecast for central Oklahoma for at least the next week, and dangerous heat can become lethal without some precautions and protections.

Extreme heat caused 7,415 deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

High humidity levels compound the problem as water doesn't evaporate from skin as quickly, so cooling down doesn't occur at normal speed. Age, obesity, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and prescription drug and alcohol use also play a role in overheating, the centers report.

Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, babies and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.

The American Red Cross and several other agencies have partnered to create designated cool zones for people who do not have access to air conditioning.

Emergency Medical Services Authority in Oklahoma City issued the summer's third heat alert after six people reported heat-related illnesses on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of central and eastern Oklahoma until 8 p.m. Thursday. Afternoon high temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s with heat index values over 100 degrees for the next week.

Heat exhaustion symptoms include headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, weakness and a fast heartbeat, while heat stroke is marked by confusion, fainting, seizures and red, hot dry skin with a very high body temperature, according to EMSA.

OKLAHOMA CITY

• Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.

• Salvation Army Red Shield Kitchen, 300 SW 4

• Wright Library, 2101 Exchange Ave.

• Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa Ave

•Jeltz Senior Center, 1225 N Kate Ave.

•North Side Branch YMCA, 10000 N Pennsylvania Ave.

•Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23

•Spencer Nutrition Center, 8306 NE 36

•McGuire Nutrition Center, 1316 NE 12

•LMT Nutrition Center, 2001 M.L. King Ave.

•Northeast YMCA, 4712 M.L. King Ave.

•Candlelake Nutrition Center, 3540 NW 56

•M.A. Apartments, 1400 NW 115

•Classen Nutrition Center, 913 NW 12

•Towers Nutrition Center, 117 NW 9

•Memorial Nutrition Center, 1915 N Meridian Ave.

•Penn Nutrition Center, 1320 N Pennsylvania Ave.

•Downtown Branch YMCA, 1 NW 4

•Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker Ave.

•Andrews Nutrition Center, 2101 S Harvey Ave.

•Earlywine Park YMCA, 11801 S May Ave.

•Capitol Hill Nutrition Center, 123 SW

•Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26

•Hillcrest Nutrition Center, 2325 SW 59

•La Puerta Spanish Senior Center, 420 SW 10

•Tinker Area Branch YMCA, 2817 N Woodcrest Drive

EDMOND

•Edmond Nutrition Center, 23 W 3

•Edmond Library, 10 S Boulevard

•Edmond Branch YMCA, 1220 S Rankin St.

•Trails YMCA, 261 S Santa Fe Ave.

EL RENO

•Carnegie Library, 215 E Wade

•Redlands Community College, 1300 S Country Club Road,

•Salvation Army Canadian County Service Center, 201 S Bickford Ave.

•Ashton on the Greens Senior Center, 2501 Ashton Place

BETHANY

•Bethany Library, 3510 N Mueller Ave.

•Bethany Branch YMCA, 3500 N. Mueller Ave.

CHOCTAW

•Choctaw Senior Center, 14653 Dean St.

•Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy St.

DEL CITY

•Del City Nutrition Center, 4701 SE 26

•Del City Library, 4509 SE 15

•Midwest City Walmart, 5401 Tinker Diagonal

HARRAH

•Harrah Senior Center, 19791 Summers Ave.

JONES

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MIDWEST CITY

•Midwest City Senior Center, 8251 E Reno Ave.

•Midwest City Library, 8143 E Reno Ave.

MOORE

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•Moore Community Center, 301 S Howard Ave.

•Moore Library, 225 S Howard Ave.

•Moore Walmart, 501 SW 16

NICOMA PARK

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PIEDMONT

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THE VILLAGE

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WARR ACRES

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•Salvation Army Warr Acres Senior Center, 4301 N Ann Arbor Ave.

YUKON

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AT A GLANCE

EMSA safety tips

•Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and replace electrolytes as needed. Limit alcohol.

•Avoid hot foods and heavy meals.

•Dress in cool, loose clothing.  

•Limit sun exposure during midday and take frequent breaks.

•Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car — ever.

•Provide plenty of fresh water for pets, and leave the water in a shady area.

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<p>Debra Bastin, a zookeeper in pachyderm exhibit at the Oklahoma City Zoo, uses a garden hose to spray water on one of the six Asian elephants at the zoo. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]</p>

Debra Bastin, a zookeeper in pachyderm exhibit at the Oklahoma City Zoo, uses a garden hose to spray water on one of the six Asian elephants at the zoo. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

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