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EMSA issues medical heat alert with 90+ degree temps in OKC – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-06-11 17:00:48 –

Oklahoma City (Free press) — The Emergency Medical Services Department or EMSA issued another medical fever alert on Friday. It will be valid on OKC Metro until Saturday after answering 6 heat-related calls by 3 pm.

EMSA issues an alert if the crew answers five or more heat-related calls in the metro within 24 hours.

The service reports that Metro EMSA medics have answered 43 heat-related emergency calls since midnight Wednesday.

In the last two days in the metro, heat reached the 80’s and 90’s, the humidity was high, and the heat index or sensible temperature occurred in the 100’s.

The National Weather Service describes the heat index.

“If your body gets too hot, you will sweat or sweat and your body will start to cool. If your sweat cannot evaporate, your body will not be able to regulate its temperature. Evaporation is a cooling process. Sweat is your body. Evaporating from the body effectively lowers the body temperature. Higher water content (ie relative humidity) in the air slows the rate of evaporation from the body. “

Due to the coincidence of high temperature and high humidity forecasts this weekend, EMSA warns residents to take the following precautions:

Thermal safety tips:

  • Before hydration, it is the key to preventing heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks hours before and during long periods of summer heat.
  • When working outdoors, wear light-colored loose clothing and a wide-brimmed hat, and take a good break in the shade.
  • There is no alcohol or caffeine.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as a library or mall) during the day.
  • Do not restrict the use of air conditioners.
  • If you work outdoors, use the buddy system to see your elderly neighbors.
  • Always carry your cell phone outdoors, whether it’s walking, doing daily errands, gardening, sports, or physical activity.

According to them website, EMSA (Emergency Medical Services Authority) is Oklahoma’s largest pre-hospital emergency medical provider. Founded in 1977, the authorities have been providing ambulance services to Oklahoma residents for over 40 years.

Last updated: June 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm Brett Dickerson – Editor

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