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EMSA paramedics have responded to 223 heat-related calls so far this year

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 18:27:08-04

It can be brutal outside in triple-digit temperatures.

Whether you're walking your dog, working in construction or doing a physical activity, it can be dangerous if you're not well-prepared for the extreme heat. 

Taking precautions is crucial if you're stepping outdoors to avoid being one of the many patients who get heat exhaustion and heatstroke during this time of year.

By 4:30 p.m. on Friday, EMSA paramedics responded to five heat-related calls in the Tulsa area, some of the patients had to be taken to the hospital. On Thursday, there were 17 calls.

EMSA says the number of calls this year keeps getting higher and could even surpass last year's total. Since January, paramedics have responded to 223 heat-related calls, compared to 237 calls in 2017.

Some of the symptoms to look out for if exposed to the heat for too long are dizziness, nausea, having difficulty thinking, not sweating enough and vomiting.

Here are some of the safety tips EMSA reminds you to follow:

  • Pre-hydration is key in preventing heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hour 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.
  • Keep a cellphone on you at all times when outdoors, including walking, running daily errands, yard work or sports and physical activity.

EMSA covers the Tulsa area, Bixby, Jenks and Sand Springs.

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