EMSA: 11 treated for heat symptoms over weekend, heat wave continues

Slick roads due to winter weather have EMSA busy attending to accidents on Tulsa roads. (KTUL)

Emergency responders say almost a dozen people were treated with heat-related symptoms this weekend as Oklahoma sits in a heat wave.

EMSA officials tell FOX 25 11 people were treated for illnesses including dehydration at the Garth Brooks Concert on Friday night.

In response to those calls, EMSA issued a Heat Alert on Saturday.

FOX 25 Meteorologist Marcy Novak says temperatures this week will remain high, with the hottest conditions expected near the end of the week and weekend.

To avoid those heat-related illnesses, officials say to:

  • 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.
  • Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.
  • Keep a cell phone on you at all times when outdoors, including walking, running daily errands, yard work or sports and physical activity.
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