Extreme heat in Oklahoma leads to several heat calls to EMSA

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OKLAHOMA — EMSA issued a heat alert on July 14, and it has been in effect ever since.

Temperatures have been high, and humidity has sent the heat index through the roof. With the summer days feeling like it’s up to 110 degrees outside, EMSA has received several heat-related phone calls.

As of Thursday, July 16, EMSA medics responded to 25 patients who suffered heat-related illnesses. But there were five calls on Monday, July 20 alone.

EMSA has 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.