EMSA issues ‘Heat Alert’ after receiving 5 heat-related emergency calls

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After several days of cooler temperatures and cloudy skies, the summer heat is back in full force.

On Wednesday afternoon, EMSA officials issued a ‘Heat Alert’ for the Oklahoma City metro.

The alert was issued after dispatchers received five heat-related emergency calls into the 911 communications center.

All of the calls involved people either standing or doing work outside in the heat. Fortunately, they were not severely injured.

The alert will remain in place until the temperatures drop dramatically.

Officials warn Oklahomans to be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion, which can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures.

Warning signs include the following:

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

If you plan to be outside, experts say you should:

  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals, which 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. Also, shade their heads and 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 infants, children 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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