EMSA paramedics have treated 127 patients for heat related illnesses since June 1st; 98 of those patients were taken to the hospital for treatment.
EMSA officials have also issued 18 heat alerts so far this summer.
EMSA officials offer the following advice to stay safe 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.
There are three cooling stations open in Tulsa if you need a break from the heat:
The Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa OK 74127
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
to 7-days a week
Senior Nutrition sites throughout the Tulsa area are also available as Cooling Stations
Dial 2-1-1 for locations, hours and other information.