OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) issued its first Medical Heat Alert of 2022 on Saturday.

EMSA issued the Heat Alert after paramedics responded to five suspected heat-related illness calls in Oklahoma City as of 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The ambulance service issues Medical Heat Alerts when paramedics respond to five or more heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period. Heat Alerts stay in effect until temperatures and/or heat-related call volume decrease significantly, EMSA officials said.

EMSA provided the following heat safety tips for community members:

  • 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.

The 4 Warn Forecast shows a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, and 90-plus degree temperatures throughout next week, except for Monday.

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