JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the State Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are promoting Missouri Summer Safety Week for June 21-27.
All to help highlight the risks and dangers associated with excessive heat.
To help keep cool, Missourians can find public cooling centers near them through an online directory at www.mo.gov. All you have to do is simply put in a zip code, city or county to find a cooling center nearby.
In 2014 the Department of Health and Senior Services reported 18 heat-related deaths in Missouri, with that in mind here are some basic tips to help protect you and your family during severe heat and heat emergencies:
- Never leave a child or pets alone in a closed vehicle
- Drink plenty of water and limit intake of alcoholic beverages along with eating light, well-balanced meals
- Make sure to check on friends, family and neighbors that do not have air conditioning and live alone
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light colored clothes that cover as much as possible
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen to protect your face and skin
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day and take breaks
- Stay indoors if you have air conditioning or consider going somewhere that has air conditioning during the warmest part of the day
- Be aware of medications that may impair the body's response to heat (Antihistamines, tranquilizers and some for heart disease)
"Each summer brings days of excessive heat and humidity that can pose real health risks, particularly for people with pre-existing health issues," Gail Vasterling, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said. "Limiting time outdoors, staying hydrated and checking on those who are vulnerable when summer's heat is most intense are the best ways to avoid the potential risks. Summer Weather Safety Week is a good reminder of the simple steps we can take."