EMSA Issues 4th Medical Heat Alert

EMSA medics responded to eight patients with suspected heat-related symptoms within a 20 hour period on Tuesday. Four of those patients were transported to local hospitals, all in fair condition. All patients were in between the 28 to 60 years age range.

"EMSA issues a medical heat alert when it responds to five or more heat-related calls within a 24-hour period," says Kelli Bruer, EMSA Director of Communications and Public Relations. "This is the fourth medical heat alert issued this summer."

EMSA also listed some tips for staying healthy in the heat:

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.

No alcohol or caffeine.

Take frequent breaks indoors or in the shade.

If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day.

Also, don't limit your air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO. They have programs that could possibly help you.

Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.

They also made sure to remind the community to never leave a child in a car without supervision.

There are cooling stations open for the public at the: Salvation Army Center of Hope, Tulsa County Social Services Cooling Station, Dennis R. Neill Equality Center and John 3:16 Mission.

Senior Nutrition sites throughout the Tulsa area are also available as Cooling Stations. Dial 2-1-1 for locations, hours and other information. Dial 2-1-1 for more information on applying for a free, loaned air conditioning unit.

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