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EMSA issues medical heat alert, advising people to take caution

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Posted at 8:45 PM, Jun 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-25 21:01:52-04

TULSA, Okla — Saturday, EMSA has responded to ten suspected heat-related illness calls in our Tulsa service area as of 7:45 p.m. with four patients transported to the hospital.

EMSA issues a heat alert when they respond to 5 or more suspected heat-related calls in 24 hours.

Four of the heat-related calls resulted in the patients being transported to a local hospital.

EMSA strongly recommends everyone take heat precautions when spending time outside over the weekend and into next week as temperatures remain high.

HEAT SAFETY TIPS:

  • 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.
  • Don’t limit your use of air conditioning.
  • Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.
  • Keep a cell phone on you at all times when outdoors, including walking, running daily errands, yard work or sports and physical activity.

EMSA urges everyone to make a plan to stay safe.

The Medical Heat Alert will remain in effect until the temperatures and/or heat-related call volume decrease significantly.

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