EMSA issues third heat alert of 2014 for Oklahoma City
By Jay Dillon
By 4 p.m. Thursday, EMSA had reported six patients had called 911 after suffering symptoms due to the heat, prompting a third heat alert to be issued.EMSA states that when dispatchers receive five heat related 911 calls in a 24 hour period, a heat alert is issued. This is the third one of the summer and the first in August.Emsa said the heat alert will be in place until temperatures drop dramatically.In the past 24 hours, MESA said they were called to help a 39-year-old mailman who passed out while delivering mail, a 30-year-old woman who collapsed outside, a 20-year-old woman who collapsed at an outdoor concert, a 50-year-old man who became sick at an auto salvage yard, a man found outside was taken to the hospital, and a firefighter was also taken to a local ER.As the summer wears on, EMSA is reminding the public to be smart in hot weather: take breaks when working outside, avoid hot foods and heavy meals, drink lots of fluids, dress infants in cool, loose clothes and keep them shaded, limit sun exposure in the middle of the day, and keep your pets hydrated.Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.
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