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EMSA urges public to prepare for heat after responding to 40 heat-related illness in seven days – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-07-29 07:43:42 –

Tulsa, Oklahoma — Thursday temperatures are expected to reach three digits. According to EMSA, the surge in temperature has also led to a surge in medical emergencies.

The agency has responded to more than 40 heat-related illnesses in the Tulsa region over the past week. Due to the increasing number of emergencies, EMSA announced its fourth Medical Heat Alert in 2021. It’s time to answer more than five suspected fever-related illness calls within 24 hours.

Currently, agencies are encouraging people to limit and prepare for the time they spend outdoors.

Preventive measures for fever-related illnesses are:

  • Before hydration, it is the key to preventing heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of water / electrolyte replacement drinks hours before and during long periods of heat exposure.
  • 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.
  • Do not limit the time in the room with the air conditioner.
  • 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.

Veterinarians are also urging people to protect their pets from this heat. Dr. Chat Thomas, a Brookside CityVet veterinarian, says 2 News Oklahoma’s heat stroke is far more prevalent in dogs than most people think. To learn more about heat stroke prevention tips for animals click here.


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