EMSA issues 2nd heat alert of summer as 12 patients are treated for heat-related illness

TULSA - EMSA has issued a Heat Alert for Tulsa after 12 patients reported experiencing heat-related symptoms.

A heat alert is issued when paramedics respond to five or more heat-related medical calls in a 24-hour period.

According to EMSA, seven were transported to local hospitals in fair condition and four were treated on the scene and were not transported.

EMSA spokesman Kelli Bruer says the number one tip for staying healthy in the heat is pre-hydration.  Drink plenty of water or electrolyte-replacement drinks before and during long exposure to the heat.  Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated fluids.

Also, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat while working outside and take plenty of breaks when out in the heat.

Remember, there is no "safe" amount of time kids can be left in a hot car. How quickly a child becomes ill varies based on a number of conditions, including:

  • The child's hydration level to begin with the temperature in the car, which can vary based on car interior, temperature outdoors, whether there is shade, etc.
  • The child's weight.
  • The child's overall health and any medications the child may be taking.  Diabetes and other chronic medical conditions can make a child less able to tolerate the heat.

It's important to remember that pets are also susceptible to the same dangers as humans when left in cars during the summer months.

The following cooling stations are open to the public until further notice:

The Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Open 24/7

Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa, OK 74127
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St.
Tulsa, OK 74120
Noon to 9 p.m./ seven days a week

John 3:16 Mission
506 N. Cheyenne
Tulsa, OK 74103
Open 24/7

Senior Nutrition sites throughout the Tulsa area are also available as cooling stations.  Dial 2-1-1 for locations, hours and other information.

Dial 2-1-1 for more information on applying for a free, loaned air conditioning unit.

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