EMSA Issues Medical Heat Alert

The Eastern EMSA Division has issued its first medical heat alert of the year for the Tulsa area.

EMSA medics have responded to six patients with heat-related illness symptoms. Two of the six patients were transported to area hospitals in fair condition.

Medical heat alerts are issued if EMSA responds to five or more heat-related calls in a 24 hour period.

Tips from EMSA to avoid heat related problems:

*Pre-Hydration: drink water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to heat.

*Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing

*Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine

*If you don't have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space during the day.

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