OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Due to the number of heat-related illness calls EMSA responded to on Tuesday and Thursday, the Medical Heat Alert will remain in place through at least Sunday, August 6.

According to EMSA, medics responded to nine heat-related illness calls on Tuesday and six heat-related illness calls on Thursday. A total of 11 patients were taken to nearby hospitals in Oklahoma City.

Due to the number of patients transported and more high temperatures being predicted, EMSA’s Medical Heat Alert will continue through Sunday.

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.