EMSA paramedics respond to 100 heat-related illnesses since issuing ‘Heat Alert’
OKLAHOMA CITY – Paramedics say the high temperatures have forced them to respond to dozens of heat-related incidents over the past couple of weeks.
EMSA paramedics issued a ‘Heat Alert’ on July 14 after medics responded to five or more suspected heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period.
Since the alert was issued, officials say they have responded to 100 heat-related calls.
EMSA officials say that while most of the patients were in good condition, there were several who had to be rushed to the emergency room in serious and critical condition.
As temperatures near triple digits, paramedics are warning citizens to be extremely careful while outdoors.
EMSA urges citizens to stay safe in the heat by drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks in the shade or indoors,
Tips for staying healthy in the heat:
- Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to summer heat
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat if working outdoors. Be sure to take plenty of shade breaks
- Do not drink alcohol or caffeine
- Find a cooling station or public space during the day if you don’t have access to 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, sports or physical activity