EMSA Reports 42 People Have Suffered From Heat Illness Since Friday

Tuesday, July 18th 2017, 6:52 pm
By: News 9

EMSA issued a heat alert for the Oklahoma City area on Friday. Since then, they have received more than 40 calls to assist people with heat illness.

“For a short amount of time, that is quite a few calls,” said Heather Yazdanipour. She is the Medical Emergency Response Center Coordinator for EMSA.

Yazdanipour is urging people to be proactive about staying safe in the heat, especially as temperatures rise to the 100’s this week.

She talks about car safety. In June, EMSA responded to 17 incidents of children locked in hot cars. It’s only halfway through July, and they’ve already had 10 incidents. “It’s way too hot for any child or any animal to be left in that vehicle for any amount of time,” Yazdanipour said.

The inside of a car can easily be 150 degrees with the windows up and engine off. Even if it is for five minutes, Yazdanipour wants people to bring in their children or pets whenever they go somewhere.

Here are some more tips from EMSA to stay healthy in the heat:

  • Pre-hydrate your body by drinking plenty of water hours before going outside in the sun for a long time.
  • Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Find air-conditioned or shaded areas to take breaks.
  • Drink water instead of alcohol or caffeine.
  • Find a fan or fan yourself for air-circulation.
  • Before going out in the heat for a long time, go outside in short increments to adjust your body to the weather.
  • If you do not have AC, find a neighbor or a public space to stay cool.
  • Use a buddy system to check on friends and elderly neighbors.
  • Keep cell phones on you at all times.