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OKLAHOMA CITY – Health experts are warning Oklahomans about the heat and high humidity.

On Tuesday, EMSA issued a heat alert.

EMSA is warning Oklahomans to increase water consumption to at least two to four cups of water every hour while working outside.

As of Thursday, July 16, EMSA medics responded to 25 patients who suffered heat-related illnesses.

They have provided a few tips to prevent becoming dehydrated:

  • Don’t drink beverages with alcohol or large amounts of sugar. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors in an air-conditioned place.
  • Electric fans may make you feel better, but they will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Check regularly on infants, people over 65, people who have a mental illness and those who are physically ill.

The ‘heat alert’ will remain in place until temperatures drop significantly or there are no heat related calls in a 24 hour period.

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