EMSA issues Medical Heat Alert for Tulsa

EMSA issues Medical Heat Alert for Tulsa
(Staff)

TULSA, Okla. — EMSA issued a Medical Heat Alert for the Tulsa area Thursday morning after responding to six heat-related illness calls by midnight Wednesday.

As of 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 24th, EMSA medics responded to six heat-related calls.

The heat alert comes as paramedics responded to another heat-related call early Thursday.

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EMSA issues heat alerts if they respond to five or more heat-related calls in a 24-hour period. Once EMSA receives less than five calls in a 24-hour period, the alert will then cancel.

Here are ways you can prevent heat-related illnesses from EMSA:

  • 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 air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO or 211. They have programs that could possibly help you.
  • 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.