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EMSA Issues First Heat Alert Of 2013 For Tulsa Area

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EMSA's eastern division issued its first medical heat alert of 2013.

The company said medics responded to six patients who were affected by the heat from midnight to 7:45 p.m. Thursday. EMSA says two of those patients were transported to local hospitals in fair condition.

When EMSA responds to more than five heat-related calls in a 24-hour period, it issues a heat alert.

Thursday was also the first ozone alert day of the year for Tulsa County. The Department of Environmental Quality issued the advisory that the ozone level was unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children and people with asthma. People that fit those categories are advised to avoid prolonged periods outdoors on ozone alert days.

EMSA offered these 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 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.

• 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.

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