EMSA issues first heat alert of the summer

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

OKLAHOMA CITY– After a whirlwind of a spring, officials say we are now feeling the effects of summer.

Officials with EMSA say they have received six heat-related emergencies as of 3 p.m. Thursday.

Those emergencies included heat cramps, heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Due to that number, EMSA has issued its first heat alert of the summer.

Authorities say everyone should use extreme caution when outside since temperatures are expected to make it hot and humid.

Experts say you should always pre-hydrate and drink plenty of water before being exposed to the summer heat.

Also, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat if working outdoors and take plenty of shade breaks.

Some of the symptoms of a heat illness include:

  • Decreased Energy
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Heavy Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hot, Dry Skin

A heat alert is issued when EMSA responds to five or more heat-related medical calls in a 24-hour period and dangerously hot weather is expected to continue.

Experts also want to remind you to keep your cell phone on hand and call 911 if you feel like you suffer from a heat illness.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.