EMSA Officials Issue Medical Heat Alert Wednesday


Wednesday, June 9th 2021, 4:04 pm
By: News 9


EMSA officials have issued a medical heat alert Wednesday.

Paramedics have responded to seven heat related calls in Oklahoma City as of 4 p.m., according to a news release.

EMSA is urging people to prepare and use extreme caution if they are spending time outdoors.

The heat alert will remain in place until temperatures decrease.

HEAT SAFETY TIPS:

·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 use of air conditioning. 

·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.