EMS has plenty of advice to make sure people stay safe in the heat - WDRB 41 Louisville News

EMS has plenty of advice to make sure people stay safe in the heat

We have had quite a stretch of hot steamy days across Kentuckiana.  And the heat is keeping some people busy this summer.

It was in the 90s again Friday, and when it's this hot, EMTs have very little time to cool off.

Major Roger Parvin with Metro Emergency Medical Services says heat runs are up slightly, but heat exhaustion isn't the number one problem this summer.  He says EMTs are treating more people with respiratory problems:  "They get outside and mow their grass at three o'clock in the afternoon when it's at its hottest and do not hydrate themselves, and just wait for the weather to cool off."

As a result, Metro EMTs have been busier than normal this month.  Major Parvin says, "We're doing right now almost 200 runs a day."

Dr. Neal Richmond is CEO of Emergency Medical Services:  "It's really a challenging time of year for us as a pre-hospital system."

He says the heat can even be deadly because some people miss the warning signs.  "The symptoms are easily confused with other things, you know, like dizziness, tiredness, headache, nausea, very non-specific so people might think they're, you know, coming down with a cold or the flu."

Drinking plenty of water is a no brainer, but Dr. Richmond says there's more, including, "Loose-fitting clothing.  Don't wear dark clothing which absorbs a lot of heat.  You know to limit your exercise."

And until things slow down, or cool down, EMTs will be scattered across the city for faster response times.

Major Parvin says, "We put them at different spots close to the expressway so they can shoot up and head in different parts of the city faster."

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