OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – EMSA officials are issuing a Medical Heat Alert this afternoon with an urgent warning of extreme caution when spending time outdoors.
EMSA paramedics responded to 19 heat-related emergency calls in the Oklahoma City Metro area as of 4:30 p.m. today.
15 of today’s heat-related illness calls happened at the Women’s College World Series.
EMSA is asking everyone to take precautions before going outdoors.
Since midnight Wednesday, EMSA has responded to 29 heat-related calls in the Oklahoma City area.
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 decrease significantly.