EMSA Issues Medical Heat Alert

Friday, June 1st 2018, 5:30 pm
By: News On 6

EMSA officials issued a medical heat alert Friday, June 1, 2018. 

As of 4:00 p.m., medics have responded to six suspected heat-related calls.

EMSA is urging everyone to make a plan to stay safe and have given some tips to stay 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 or 211. They have programs that could possibly help you.
  • 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.