Paramedics brace for calls as temperatures rise in Oklahoma

EMSA paramedics already have responded to two heat-related calls. Last summer's record heat killed at least 21 people in Oklahoma.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: May 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm •  Published: May 4, 2012
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Medical officials are warning people to be careful and remember the danger heat can bring as temperatures have begun climbing into the 90s in many parts of the state.

Lara O'Leary, spokeswoman for the Emergency Medical Services Authority, said Friday paramedics responded to two heat-related calls this week.

A heat alert is issued when EMSA responds to five or more heat calls in a 24-hour period.

“EMSA advises everyone to take the increasing temperatures very seriously and follow the basic guidelines of hydration, limited heat and sun exposure, and pay attention to heat exhaustion signs to avoid EMSA treatment this summer,” O'Leary said.

At least 21 people died in Oklahoma last year during the worst heat wave in state history.

The state set a record in July for highest average monthly temperature recorded anywhere in U.S. history. Highs were in triple digits for most of the summer, with little relief at night.


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FORECAST

Hot weekend is in store

Here's a look at the forecast for Oklahoma City from the National Weather Service:

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. South wind between 13 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind between 15 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind 9 to 13 mph becoming northwest.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

TO GET HELP

Anyone who notices someone with heat-related symptoms should immediately call 911, said Lara O'Leary, spokeswoman for the Emergency Medical Services Authority.

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