OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) issued its first medical heat alert of 2022 on Saturday.
EMSA issued the heat alert after paramedics responded to five suspected heat-related illness calls in Oklahoma City beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The ambulance service issues medical heat alerts when paramedics respond to five or more calls for heat-related illnesses in a 24-hour period. The heat alerts remain in effect until temperatures and/or the volume of heat-related calls drop significantly, EMSA officials said.
EMSA has provided the following thermal safety advice to members of the community:
- PRE-HYDRATION is essential to prevent heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours before and during long exposure to summer heat.
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat if you work outdoors and take lots of breaks in the shade.
- Without alcohol or caffeine.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (like libraries or malls) during the day.
- Do not limit your use of air conditioning.
- Use the buddy system if you work outdoors and watch over elderly neighbours.
- Keep a cell phone with you at all times when outdoors, including walking, daily errands, yard work, or sports and physical activity.
The 4 Warn forecast shows a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday and temperatures over 90 degrees throughout next week except Monday.
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