EMSA Issues Medical Heat Alert After Treating 5 For Heat-Related Symptoms


Tuesday, August 2nd 2016, 4:44 pm

By: News On 6


EMSA has issued a medical heat alert after treating five patients with heat-related issues.

According to EMSA, as of 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, four of the five patients were transported to local hospitals in fair condition.

EMSA suggests six 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. They have programs that could possibly help you.
  • Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.

Right now there are several cooling stations open as well at:

The Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
24/7

Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa OK 74127
8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
Noon to 9 p.m. seven-days a week

John 3:16 Mission
506 N. Cheyenne
Tulsa, Okla. 74103
24/7

EMSA says Senior Nutrition sites throughout Tulsa are also available as cooling stations.

You can also dial 211 for more information.

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