EMSA Eastern Division issued a medical heat alert for the Tulsa area for 2013.
EMSA issues a medical heat alert if it responds to five or more heat-related calls in a 24 hour period.
Since 12:01 a.m. today, EMSA medics have responded to five patients with symptoms of heat-related illness. All of the five patients were transported to local hospitals in fair condition. Ages ranged from 25 to 62.
Tips for staying healthy in the heat:
- 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.
- Also, don’t limit your air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO. They have programs that could possibly help you.
- Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.
We urge everyone to keep a cell phone with them. If they experience any symptoms of overheating to call 911.