OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A heat alert that has been in effect for more than two weeks has been allowed to expire.
The EMSA Medical Heat Alert was issued on June 11, but has now expired.
Officials say EMSA only responded to one suspected heat-related illness call in the Oklahoma City service area on Sunday.
EMSA issues a Medical Heat Alert when paramedics respond to five or more heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period.
HEAT SAFETY TIPS:
- PRE-HYDRATION is key in preventing heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to the summer heat.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors and take plenty of shade breaks.
- No alcohol or caffeine.
- If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day.
- Don’t limit your use of air conditioning.
- Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.
- Keep a cell phone on you at all times when outdoors, including walking, running daily errands, yard work or sports and physical activity.