EMSA preaching hydration, summer safety after all-time high of heat-related calls

TULSA - EMSA personnel are stressing the importance of hydration and summer sun safety after responding to a record number of heat-related calls in a single day.

According to EMSA public information officer Kelli Bruer, the emergency service received 24 calls linked to the summer swelter in a 24-hour period -- the most they've ever gotten.

Another six patients were treated for heat-related symptoms Friday, five of which were taken to local hospitals in fair condition, Bruer said just before 6 p.m. All the six patients were from 15 to 60 years old.

And while Friday's temperatures didn't hit 100 in Tulsa like Thursday's did, Bruer suggests taking the appropriate steps to achieve a safe summer.

A few EMSA recommendations: 

-- 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.

-- 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.

Four cooling stations are open in the Tulsa area until further notice:

John 3:16 Mission
506 N. Cheyenne
Tulsa, Okla. 74103

The Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103

Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa OK 74127
8:30 am – 8:00 pm

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
Noon to 9 pm 7-days a week

Senior nutrition sites throughout the Tulsa area are also available as cooling stations. For more information on locations and hours, dial 2-1-1.

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