Tips for staying healthy in the heat

OKLAHOMA CITY – Since June 1, more than 100 people have suffered a heat-related illness.

On July 2, EMSA officials issued the third Heat Alert of the summer.

By Saturday at 6:00 p.m., medics had responded to twelve heat-related calls.

Officials urge you to stay hydrated and and follow these tips to stay healthy in the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to summer heat
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors. Be sure to take plenty of shade breaks
  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeine
  • Do not leave infants, children or pets in a parked car
  • Find a cooling station or public space during the day if you don’t have access to air conditioning
  • Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors
  • Keep a cell phone on you at all times when outdoors; including walking, running daily errands, yard work, sports or physical activity

Warning signs of heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

Call 911 if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.