Tulsa has its first medical heat alert in effect for this year. EMSA issues a medical heat alert if it responds to five or more heat-related calls in a 24 hour period and that's what happened yesterday. If you have to be outside be sure to stay hydrated with water and avoid alcohol. Take frequent heat breaks if you're working outside.
EMSA has these 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. We urge everyone to keep a cell phone with them. If they experience any symptoms of overheating to call 911.