EMSA issues first "Heat Alert" of the summer

EMSA issued a heat alert June 15. Paramedics say these are the signs you should look for as possible symptoms of heat illness. (KOKH)

Oklahoma is feeling the heat. In the Oklahoma City metro, the heat index has hit above 100 degrees. EMSA has issued a "Heat Alert" for the area, because it's seen an increase in heat-related calls.

Thursday, EMSA had to treat seven patients. Two had to be taken to the hospital.

The patients were suffering from heat exhaustion, dehydration, fainting and other heat illness, EMSA said.

Paramedics said people spending any time in the heat should know the signs of heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

If someone is feeling these symptoms, they should try to cool down by going inside. If symptoms get worse or last longer than an hour, EMSA said you should call 911.

To avoid heat illness, EMSA said to avoid hot meals, drink lots of water, dress in cool, light clothing, and limit sun exposure.

"Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, people with high blood pressure, and people working or exercising in a hot environment," EMSA said in a statement.

EMSA issues a "Heat Alert" when it gets more than five heat calls in one day. This is the first alert it's issued this summer.

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