Update: EMSA heat-related calls climb to 40

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OKLAHOMA CITY — We told you last week that EMSA has responded to more than 70 heat-related calls. That number has continued to climb.

Precisely 40  patients have suffered heat-related illnesses since EMSA re-issued a Heat Alert last Thursday.

There were 7 emergencies on Thursday, nearly double that with 13 on Friday, 7 more on Saturday, 3 on Sunday, and yet another 5 on Monday.

It seemed that people were taking care of themselves on when only one call was reported on Tuesday. But then 4 people suffered heat related injuries on Wednesday.

The Heat Alert will remain in place until the temperatures drop significantly, but EMSA urges you to use extreme caution when you’re outdoors or in an environment that does not have proper air conditioning.

Here are some tips to keep cool.

  • Drink more fluids – water and gatorade – than you think you need to stay hydrated.
  • Dress infants and children in cool clothes, and shade their faces with hats or an umbrella.
  • Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and in places of potential severe exposure, such as beaches.
  • Do not leave kids or pets in a parked car.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets and leave the water in a shady area.

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