EMSA has issued a medical heat alert for the Tulsa area Thursday evening.
EMSA said by 9 p.m. Thursday, medics had responded to six suspected heat-related calls. It is the first alert for the Tulsa area of 2021.
Medical Heat Alerts are issued when medics respond to five or more heat-related calls in a 24-hour period. The alert will expire when the number of calls drops below five.
EMSA offered tips to prevent heat-related illnesses. You can find them below.
- Pre-hydration is key in preventing heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water/ electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to & during long exposure to the 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.
- Don’t limit your time inside with air conditioning.
- 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.