EMSA: 5 Treated For Heat Related Illness In Tulsa

Saturday, June 4th 2011, 9:44 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- The scorching temperatures that has gripped Green Country for the past week has sent at least five people to the hospital Saturday alone, according to EMSA. Because of this the agency issued a Heat Alert.

EMSA says most of individuals treated for heat related illnesses were working outdoors and reported little or no water intake.

EMSA is reminding parents there is no "safe" amount of time kids can be left in a hot car. How quickly a child becomes ill varies widely based on a number of conditions, including:

•The child's hydration level to begin with the temperature in the car (which can vary based on car interior, temperature outdoors, whether there is shade, etc.)

•The child's weight

•The child's overall health (diabetes and other chronic medical conditions can make a child less able to tolerate the heat), and any medications the child may be taken.

•Pets are also susceptible to the same dangers as humans when left in cars during the summer months. Good rule of thumb, Don't Do It!

According to News On 6 Meteorologist Dick Faurot, Green Country will see 10-15 degrees above normal during the day as well as at night right on through the weekend and well into the coming week.

Read Dick Faurot's Weather Blog