EMSA issues first medical heat alert of 2022 after multiple heat-related calls in Oklahoma City subway

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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.

4 Warning forecast

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