10 Ways to Survive the Oklahoma Heat

Summers in Pushmataha County offer a lot of memories. There’s Sardis Lake, 4th of July fireworks, and don’t forget about the infamous Clayton parade.

While you’re out enjoying the good times, it’s important to take some basic precautions to make sure you stay safe. Here are 10 ways to survive the Oklahoma heat!

1. Hydration

Develop the habit of carrying a bottle of water with you at all times. We’ve all been guilty of losing track of time and staying somewhere longer than anticipated. Keep in mind, we can be dehydrated and not feel thirsty. Sipping on water throughout the day will keep you in the safe zone. Learn more about how water can save you and your bank account!

2. Electrolytes

Electrolytes contain potassium and sodium, helping the body absorb water fa

ster. If you or someone you know becomes dehydrated, reach for a Gatorade or any other electrolyte-focused beverage. While these sports drinks are generally advertised toward athletes, this beverage is also ideal for someone suffering from dehydration. Keep a couple of bottles in your fridge during the summer, just in case.

3. Animals

If you’re hot, your animals are most certainly feeling it too. Not to mention, many of them are wearing fur coats year round. Make sure your animals have water, cool shelter, and that they’re not left in the car during the summer. Every year hundreds of pets die because their owner left them in parked vehicles, according to American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Don’t be a statistic.

4. Peak Times

There are peak times during the day where the sun is the most intense. Try to avoid being outside for long periods of time during these hours. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says 3pm is the absolute hottest.

5. What’s a Heat Index?

There’s a difference between temperature and heat index (I had to look this one up myself). Here’s what Dictionary.com has to say:

a number representing the effect of temperature and humidity on humans by combining the two variables into an “apparent” temperature, introduced as a replacement for the temperature-humidity index: a temperature of 90° and relative humidity of 65 percent combine to produce a heat index of 102.

In basic English: It can feel a heck of a lot hotter than the temperature gauge lets on.

6. Fire Prevention

When everything is dried up, our gorgeous land falls prey to wildfires. Take all precautions, especially during this time. If you’re camping, put out your fire with sand. If you’re smoking, don’t litter with cigarette butts, and if you light fireworks this year, develop a game plan so everyone stays in control of the fun.

7. Sunscreen Up

We've seen an increase of melanoma in the last year at the clinics - a reminder to us all to use sunscreen. Sunscreen should be applied to the face, hands, feet and any part of the body that is exposed to the sun for longer than fifteen minutes. Increase your protection by wearing breathable, long sleeves, hats, and sunglasses.

8. Car Visor

It’s incredible how hot our vehicles can get in such a short amount of time. Use a car visor in your windshield to keep things from heating up. An added bonus is it will protect your dashboard.

9. Leather Seats?

If you have leather seats, keep a towel in your car to sit on after your car is parked for a long period of time. Those seats can burn your legs, and watch out for that hot metal belt buckle!

10. Snake Season

Snakes are most active during the spring and summer. Sorry…

Be aware, these reptiles are early risers and sleep at night. If you or someone you're with gets bitten, don't wait around to see if it's poisonous. Call your nearest hospital (or our clinic if it's the closest) asap. To learn more about snake bites and what to do, this article by healthline is a winner.

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