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Heat Alert issued by EMSA until temperatures drop

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Heat Alert has been issued by EMSA until temperatures drop significantly.

Officials say by 10 p.m. Friday, medics had responded to six heat-related emergency calls.

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

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