EMSA Issues Heat Alert

Friday, June 17th 2011, 8:38 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- After receiving seven heat-related calls Friday, EMSA has issued a heat alert.

A heat alert is issued if EMSA receives five or more heat-related calls in a 24 hour period.

NEWS 9 meteorologists are predicting the triple-digit heat to stick around for a good portion of the week. The heat alert will remain in place until temperatures drop significantly.

Emergency officials offer the following tips to stay safe in the extreme heat:

- Drink plenty of fluids

- Wear light-colored clothing. It's believed wearing dark colors could add another 5 degrees.

- Take time out in the shade to cool off

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

- Being dizzy, tired or weak

- Fainting spells

- Getting flushed

- Heavy sweating

- Fast heartbeat

Paramedics recommend calling 911 if these systems persist for about an hour after someone moves into a cool place.