Medical Heat Alert issued in Oklahoma City metro areas after residents suffer heat-related illness

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – EMSA issued its fourth Medical Heat Alert of the summer Tuesday after responding to multiple heat-related illness calls in the Oklahoma City metro.

EMSA paramedics responded to five suspected heat-related illness calls as of 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials with the ambulance service ask community members to take the following precautions when outside over the next several days:

  • 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.

Medical Heat Alerts are issued when paramedics respond to five or more heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period.

The Heat Alert will remain active until the temperatures and heat-related call volume decrease significantly.

The 4 Warn Forecast for the next several days is as follows:

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