No heat-related emergencies last week, says Blackwell Fire Department

by Jordan Green

Despite soaring temperatures and high heat indices, no heat-related medical emergencies had been reported in Blackwell as of Thursday, according to public safety officials.

Tim Rutledge of the Blackwell Fire Department told the Journal-Tribune that the department had not been called to respond to any heat-related medical injuries.

“Knock on wood, we haven’t had any yet,” Rutledge said Thursday morning.

To stay safe, Rutledge advises those who have to be outdoors to stay hydrated.

“Stay hydrated,” he said. “If you don’t have to be out in the heat, don’t be out in it.”


The fire department’s advice came after the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for much of the Midwest and the southernmost portions of the United States last week. Most of the state of Oklahoma – including Kay County – fell under the warning, which remained in effect until Saturday.

The NWS in Norman reported that the heat index value in Oklahoma could reach a high of 110 degrees Thursday.

An NWS infographic detailed tips on how to stay safe in the heat. According to the chart, individuals in areas with high temperatures should limit outdoor activities; perform outdoor work in the morning and evening hours only; drink water and decaffeinated beverages; wear lightweight clothing; wear sunscreen, as sunburn reduces the body’s ability to cool off; and remember not to leave pets, children, or elderly individuals in a locked car.

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