EMSA Treats 5 People For Heat-Related Illnesses So Far Today
EMSA medics have treated five individuals with symptoms of heat-related illness on Thursday.
This brings the total of heat-related emergencies EMSA has responded to in the Tulsa metro area since June 1 until now to 244.
During this time frame last year, EMSA responded to 282 heat-related calls. While heat calls are slightly down from last year, EMSA is still well above the average of between 100-200 heat calls for an entire summer.
Tips for staying healthy in the heat:
·Pre-hydration is key in preventing heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to the summer 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. ·If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day. ·Also, don't limit your air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO. They have programs that could possibly help you. ·Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors. The following cooling stations are open for business until further notice:
The Salvation Army Center of Hope 102 N. Denver Ave. Tulsa, OK 74103 24/7
Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station 2401 Charles Page Blvd. Tulsa OK 74127 8:30 am – 8:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center 621 East 4th Street Tulsa, OK 74120 Noon to 9 p.m. 7-days a week
Senior Nutrition sites throughout the Tulsa area are also available as Cooling Stations. Dial 211 for locations, hours and other information.
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