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.