OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Dangerous heat is back in Oklahoma, so EMSA is issuing its third heat alert of 2023.

Officials with EMSA say paramedics have responded to six suspected heat-related illness calls in the Oklahoma City service area as of 4:30 p.m. Friday. Four of those patients were taken to the hospital for their symptoms.

If you plan to be out in the heat, EMSA recommends you take heat precautions over the coming weekend. The Heat Alert will remain in place through at least Sunday, August 13.

Heat Safety Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours before being out in the summer heat
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors
  • Take plenty of breaks in the shade
  • No alcohol or caffeine
  • If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public area with air conditioning during the day
  • Don’t limit your air conditioning use
  • Use the buddy system if working outdoors
  • Check on elderly neighbors
  • Keep a cell phone on you at all times when outdoors

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

EMSA’s Heat Alert will remain in effect until the temperatures or heat-related calls decrease significantly.