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EMSA issues heat alert for Tulsa area on July 9

BLOG: Heat wave has arrived
Posted at 3:09 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 21:35:57-04

EMSA has issued a medical heat alert after multiple heat-related calls on Tuesday.

As of 8:30 p.m., EMSA officials said they have responded to 11 suspected heat-related calls in the Tulsa area.

Officials say 10 patients have been transported to local hospitals because of heat-related symptoms.

EMSA issues a medical heat alert when we respond to five or more suspected heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period.

Tips for staying healthy in the heat:

  • PRE-HYDRATION is key in preventing heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to the summer heat.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors and take plenty of shade breaks.
  • No alcohol or caffeine.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day.
  • Also, don’t limit your air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO. They have programs that could possibly help you.
  • Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.

With the temperatures rising -- the air conditioner inside your home is likely working overdrive -- which can lead to a hefty utility bill.

There are resources to help if you are struggling to pay your bill on time.

The Oklahoma Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps with a one-time payment during the summer for people eligible.

For more information, click here.

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