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Heat Alert continues for Oklahoma City metro

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – EMSA officials are issuing a Medical Heat Alert this afternoon with an urgent warning of extreme caution when spending time outdoors.

EMSA paramedics responded to 19 heat-related emergency calls in the Oklahoma City Metro area as of 4:30 p.m. today. 

15 of today’s heat-related illness calls happened at the Women’s College World Series.

EMSA is asking everyone to take precautions before going outdoors. 

Since midnight Wednesday, EMSA has responded to 29 heat-related calls in the Oklahoma City area.

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.

EMSA issues a Medical Heat Alert when paramedics respond to five or more heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period.

This is the first EMSA Medical Heat Alert of 2021.

EMSA’s Heat Alert will remain in effect until the temperatures decrease significantly.

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