EMSA Treats Oklahomans For Heat-Related Illnesses
TULSA, Oklahoma - It's not summer yet, but the heat is already taking a toll on people.
Last year, EMSA treated hundreds of people for heat-related illnesses and more than a dozen Oklahomans died.
But things didn't start heating up until June.
It's only a few days into May, and EMSA says paramedics have already treated three men for heat-related illnesses.
All three were taken to the hospital and listen in fair condition.
Heat-related deaths can be prevented. You should keep the following tips in mind when working, exercising or having fun in the Oklahoma summer sun:
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limiting alcoholic and sugary beverages. Alcohol and sugar can cause you to lose more body fluid.
• Avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the peak sun hours, which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
• Wear sunscreen.
• NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle. Temperatures in a vehicle rise rapidly on sunny days.
• Monitor those at high risk especially the young, elderly, physically ill and your pets.
• Stay cool by staying indoors. If your home does not have air conditioning go to the shopping mall or public library.