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‘Heat Alert’ issued after multiple Oklahomans suffer heat related illnesses

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OKLAHOMA CITY – EMSA paramedics have issued a “heat alert” for central Oklahoma.

EMSA is warning everyone to take special precautions before and during their time outdoors.

On Tuesday, July 19, officials say six people suffered heat related illnesses, forcing EMSA paramedics to issue the third “heat alert” of the summer.

A “heat alert” is issued when five emergency calls are received regarding heat.

Officials say the “heat alert” will remain in place until the temperatures decrease substantially.

KFOR forecasters are predicting the temperatures will remain in the high 90’s and even triple digits throughout the week. 

Medics urge everyone to check on their elderly loved ones and elderly neighbors throughout the heat wave.

Safety tips:

  • Pre-hydrate before going outdoors.  Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and replace electrolytes as needed.  Limit your alcohol.
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
  • Dress in cool, loose clothing.  Darker clothes can measure 7 degrees higher than lighter colored clothing.
  • Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours.  Take frequent breaks.
  • Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car—not even for a moment.  It is important to note; leaving a pet or a child in a car with the air conditioning on is NOT SAFE.  That car or AC could stop running and in minutes the car interior could be at lethal temperatures.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times should you need to call 911.

Symptoms of Heat illness;

  • Heat Exhaustion:  Cool, moist skin.  Heavy sweating.  Headache.  Nausea or vomiting.  Dizziness.  Light headedness.  Weakness.  Thirst.  Fast heartbeat.
  • Heat Stroke:  (the more serious form of heat illness)   Confusion.  Fainting.  Seizures.  Excessive sweating.  Red, hot dry skin.  Very high body temperature.