EMSA Issues First Tulsa Heat Alert

Wednesday, June 17th 2009, 9:57 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, OK -- There is a warning about the hot weather on Thursday.  An EMSA Heat Alert has been issued.  The alert comes after six Tulsa-area residents required treatment on Wednesday for suspected heat-related illnesses.

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All six patients treated by EMSA on Wednesday were men; four of the six were working outdoors or in un-air conditioned indoor spaces when they became ill. One man, who was found outdoors, had reportedly ingested very large quantities of alcohol.

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People are encouraged to take precautions on EMSA Heat Alert days.  Those include the following.

  • Reduce outdoor activity, particularly during the late morning and afternoon hours.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption, and up your water intake.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Spend as much time as possible in an air-conditioned environment; visit a library, indoor shopping mall, community center or other such venue if you don't have air-conditioning at home.
  • Play close attention to those at increased risk for heat-related illness, including young children (under age 4), senior citizens, people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure, and outdoor laborers.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.

On Thursday, EMSA transported one person to the hospital for a possible heat-related illness.

Last year, EMSA provided care to more than 100 individuals in the Tulsa area suffering from heat-related illness. Overexposure to heat was a factor in at least two Tulsa- area deaths. 

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