Ambulance calls increase in the Milwaukee area with the extreme heat

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jul 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-01 11:39:24-04

MILWAUKEE -- Being outside in the heat is no joke. Bell Ambulance saw an increase in calls Saturday. 30 percent more than a typical Saturday.

Eighty-five paramedics were on the clock. Most of the calls they answered were related to heat exhaustion. 

Signs of heat exhaustion include: muscle cramp, dizziness and vomiting, but if the symptoms get worse, first responders said call 911.

"You might get a bad headache. You're going to stop sweating and your skin will turn red then you're getting into heat stroke. That's a medical emergency," said Scott Michelson with Bell Ambulance. 

The message from paramedics is simple: drink lots of water, don't stay in the heat too long and cool off in a pool.