Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Butler County authorities said a man who died from apparent exposure to the heat had a core temperature of 107 degrees. Emergency crews were called to his home in the 5400 block of NE 53rd Street in El Dorado at 3:55 p.m. Monday afternoon.
A neighbor found 65-year-old Cecil Keyton collapsed in his yard, and called 911. Keyton had been working on his lawn mower when he apparently suffered a heat related illness. He was taken to Susan B. Allen Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:18 p.m.
Monday, July 18, 2011
A Butler County man was found dead in his yard, and authorities believe his death may be heat related. The man in his 60s was found in the yard of his residence in the 5400 block of NE 53rd Street, northeast of El Dorado.
The cause of his death has not been confirmed. A county spokesperson said the sheriff's office would be issuing a release with more information Tuesday morning. An Arkansas City man died Saturday after suffering a heat stroke during a bike ride from Ark City to Oxford.
This was the 24th day this summer with temperatures reaching 100 degrees or more, making it tough to stay cool outdoors and indoors. And, it's not getting much cooler any time soon. Wesley Medical Center and Via Christi Hospitals have seen nearly 30 people over the past several days with heat related illnesses.
For those who work out in the hot temperatures, or anyone doing any kind of physical activity, it is all about hydration. Emergency Management Service officials say the more you can do to keep your body cool, the better. That includes staying indoors if possible
But being inside isn't enough. Being in a cooler area is best. Keep your air conditioner on and at around 75 degrees at the highest. If you don't have air conditioner, get a fan or two. That seems to be the trend right now. Some stores can't seem to keep them on the shelves.
If you know of a neighbor or elderly person that lives near you, make sure you check on them to see if they're staying cool. If you feel like the heat is getting to you and begin to feel sick, call 911. Officials say heat related illnesses are nothing to take lightly.