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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – EMSA’s Medical Heat Alert continues through Monday after EMSA paramedics responded to five heat-related emergency calls in the Oklahoma City Metro area as of 8:30 p.m. today. 

EMSA is asking everyone to take precautions before going outdoors. 

Since midnight Wednesday, June 9, EMSA medics in our Oklahoma City service area have responded to 65 heat-related emergency calls. 

EMSA urges residents to take heat precautions each and every time they step outside, especially when they are planning to be outdoors for long periods of time.

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.

EMSA issues a Medical Heat Alert when paramedics respond to five or more heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period.  

This is the first EMSA Medical Heat Alert of 2021.

EMSA’s Heat Alert will remain in effect until the temperatures and heat-related call volume decrease significantly.