MEDFORD, Ore. – Tuesday started off the month of July as the hottest day of the year for many areas in Southern Oregon.
The heat is especially dangerous for people who spend most of the day working outside. In the past four years, 33 people received benefits through Oregon’s workers’ compensation system for heat-related illnesses. The majority of claims each year occur in July.
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to learn the signs of heat illness and take precautions. A person overcome with heat exhaustion will still sweat but may experience extreme fatigue, nausea, lightheadedness, or a headache. The person could have clammy and moist skin, a pale complexion, and a normal or only slightly elevated body temperature. If heat exhaustion is not treated promptly, the illness could progress to heat stroke, and possibly even death.
NewsWatch12’s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with Dr. Anna Akita at Providence Medford Medical Center about how to recognize the warning signs.