Oklahoma Paramedics Warn About Heat

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 6:30 pm
By: News 9

Dangerously high temperatures around the state are prompting serious warnings from area paramedics.

It's another day of triple-digit temperatures in the metro and paramedics say two things are very important if you're going to have to be out in the sun: water and shade. EMSA says those two things are key components to staying safe in this weather.

News 9 drove around the city on Sunday and saw a lot of people trying to stay cool at splash pads and bodies of water, but that's really not enough. Paramedics say staying well hydrated is paramount.

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In just the past two weeks EMSA paramedics responded to at least 57 heat emergencies in the area. Thirty-nine of those patients were so serious they had to be taken to the hospital.

But those numbers might not tell the whole story. EMSA paramedics say a lot of times they get to a sick call, but it turns out to be heat-related. And in this heat, they say everyone needs to stay alert.

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