3rd “Heat Alert” of the summer has been issued

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The cooling storms and small cold front from the weekend gave us a bit of relief from the heat and humidity.  However, it is all being undone.

EMSA dispatchers received numerous heat related calls Monday afternoon.  They quickly issued the 3rd “Heat Alert” of the summer.

Since 3 p.m. Monday, more than five people called 911.  The callers specifically told dispatchers that is was the heat making them sick.  EMSA is advising anyone going outdoors to take special precautions.

They suggest avoiding hot foods and heavy meals because they add heat to your body.  Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body.  Do not take salt tablets unless under medical supervision.  Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella.  Limit sun exposure during the mid-day hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches.  Do not leave infants, children or pets in a parked car.  Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets and leave the water in a shady area.

If someone does become overheated, try and help them cool off.  If their symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour, call 911.

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.  It is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt contained in sweat.  The elderly, people with high blood pressure and people working or exercising in hot environments are more susceptible to heat exhaustion.

Here are warning signs of Heat Exhaustion:

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

EMSA officials lift a “Heat Alert” when dispatchers no longer receive heat related calls in a 24 hour period.  Saturday at 3 p.m., EMSA received the last heat call.  Then, Sunday at 3 p.m., EMSA was able to officially lift that Heat Alert.

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