EMSA continues fourth Medical Heat Alert for Tulsa area

TULSA, Okla. (KOKI) — EMSA is continuing the fourth Medical Heat Alert for the Tulsa area Thursday afternoon after responding to seven more heat-related illness calls.

As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, EMSA responded to seven heat-related illness calls.

Over the past eight days, EMSA says they have responded to more than 44 suspected heat-related illness calls in the Tulsa area.

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.