ST. LOUIS, MO – There were 47 heat-related deaths in Missouri last year, according to the Department of Health and Senior Services, many involving our older adults who are especially vulnerable to the heat. There are public cooling centers all over St. Louis and throughout the state of Missouri to keep you cool and hydrated as we face high temperatures and humidity this summer.
Here are some tips from local service agencies to keep you and your family protected during severe heat:
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Eat light, well-balanced meals at regular intervals.=
- Drink plenty of water and limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
- Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Wear sunscreen.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day; use the buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.=
- Be aware of medications that may impair the body’s response to heat, including antihistamines, tranquilizers and some medications for heart disease.
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