EMSA Issues First Medical Heat Alert Of 2015


Saturday, June 6th 2015, 8:28 pm
By: News On 6


EMSA issued its first medical heat alert of the year Saturday. An alert is issued when EMSA receives five or more heat-related calls in a 24-hour period.

According to a release, between midnight and 7:00 Saturday night, EMSA responded to six heat-related calls. The release said of the six, one was taken to a hospital in fair condition and two others were treated at the scene.

EMSA said they treated people between 26 to 90 years old for symptoms ranging from heat exhaustion to unconsciousness to chest pain.

EMSA said it encourages everyone outside to take precautions to stay safe when going outside.

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.
  • 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.

EMSA also said it's a good idea to keep a cell phone on you to call 911 if you experience any symptoms of overheating.