EMSA paramedics respond to three separate calls of children locked in hot cars

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It certainly feels like summer with temperatures reaching the triple digits.

Last week, EMSA paramedics issued a ‘heat alert’ for central Oklahoma after receiving several heat-related illness calls.

Since then, they have been called to help 39 people who suffered heat-related emergencies in the metro.

On Friday, officials say they responded to three separate calls about children locked in hot cars.

One child was taken to a local hospital in good condition.

However, medical officials say you should never leave a child in a car, not even for just a minute.

On Sunday, paramedics responded to five heat-related emergencies.

Officials say you are going outdoors, follow these 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.

Here are a few symptoms of heat related illnesses:

  • Heat Exhaustion:  Cool, moist skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea or vomiting.  Also, dizziness light headedness, weakness, thirst and fast heartbeat.
  • Heat Stroke:  (the more serious form of heat illness)   Confusion,  fainting, seizures, excessive sweating, red, hot dry skin.  Very high body temperature.
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