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EMSA continues medical heat alert as paramedics respond to more heat-related calls

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Emergency Medical Services Authority officials continued their medical heat alert until at least through Sunday after paramedics responded to five more heat-related calls in the Oklahoma City metro.

Since midnight June 9, ESMA medics have responded to 49 heat-related emergency calls in the Oklahoma City service area.

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With high temperatures and heat indexes expected to remain high in the coming days, officials urge people to take heat precautions. Their heat safety tips include:

  • 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 cellphone 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.

The heat alert will remain in effect until the temperatures decrease significantly.

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