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July 2, 2013

Increasing temperatures could result in more heat-related issues

DUNCAN — As temperatures continue to rise this summer, the instance for heat-related medical problems increase.

The Duncan Fire Department has responded to several heat-related calls this summer, and Deputy Fire Chief Dayton Burnside hopes people be mindful when they’re outside to avoid getting sick from the heat.

Although there haven’t been many medical calls to the Fire Department as far as heat-related issues go, Burnside said there have been plenty of calls in the past.

“We’ve seen everything from mild heat exhaustion to emergency heat stroke,” Burnside said.

So far this year, there has only been one day to reach triple digits. But since the beginning of June, there have been 16 days to reach 90 degrees or warmer.

July and August are normally the months with the highest number of triple digit temperatures. In July 2012, there were eight days that crept to 100 degrees or higher. August 2012 moved past July’s total with a 10 days at 100 degrees or higher.

Those 100 plus degree temperatures began toward the end of June 2012, and continued into the middle of September 2012.

Burnside said the Duncan Fire Department has been doing what it can to remind people about staying safe and healthy in the warming temperatures. He said the biggest push has been to remind people to stay hydrated.

“Don’t over do it,” Burnside said. “Definitely take frequent breaks. Stay hydrated.”

His cue for people to stay hydrated applies to the Duncan firefighters, he said. The department has been keeping an eye on the firefighters, especially as they go out to fire scenes.

“We’re watching out guys,” Burnside said. “We want to make sure they stay hydrated.”

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