‘Heat Alert’ declared after six people collapse from heat in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY–EMSA has declared its first ‘Heat Alert’ for Oklahoma.

A ‘Heat Alert’ is issued when five patients call 911 complaining of heat related illnesses.

EMSA says that six people collapsed in the span of just three hours Friday when they were overcome by heat and humidity.

At this point, EMSA officials believe the heat is having a serious impact on public health.  The public is being urged to take extra precautions because of the extreme temperatures.

EMSA paramedics are urging Oklahomans to take extreme caution outside until temperatures drop.

Four patients suffering heat illnesses yesterday are in their early to mid 60’s.

EMSA paramedics transported all six patients to local emergency rooms in good condition.

Dr. Jeffrey Goodloe, Medical Director for the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metropolitan EMS System says, “While you will hear this advice often in Oklahoma summers, please heed it for your safety:  limit heat exposure, wear loose and light colored clothing, and drink plenty of hydrating fluids.  Our EMS system is committed to helping you in times of heat emergencies.  The best help is often what you can do to prevent these emergencies for you and your loved ones.”

EMSA offered these tips to stay safe in the heat:

  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and replace electrolytes as needed. 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 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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