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City of Lee’s Summit recommends residents stay...
City of Lee’s Summit recommends residents stay indoors in the air-conditioning as much as possible
June 27, 2012
By Melissa Bedford Fears
Public Communications Coordinator,
City of Lee's Summit
Relief from Summer Heat
Cooling Center Information and Tips to Beat the Heat
During times of excessive heat, the . If air conditioning is not available, spending some time each day (during the hottest part of the day) in an air conditioned environment such as a public building, your church, or with friends can give some relief.
Currently in Lee’s Summit the two Mid- Continent Public Libraries are considered cooling centers during regular business hours. For a list of cooling centers in the Kansas City metro area call the United Way at 211. A list of cooling centers in Missouri is also available by visiting the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at http://gis.dhss.mo.gov/Website/coolingCenter/coolingCenter.html. Just insert your zip code and a list of cooling center sites and addresses near you will be listed on the screen.
Checking on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and spend much of their time alone is important during these weather conditions.
The City also provides the following tips to stay cool and beat the heat. Here are those options:
Slow down. Strenuous activities should be avoided, reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to cooler times of the day.
Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic, non-caffeine drinks. Drink plenty of fluids even if you’re not thirsty. Persons with medical conditions or on fluid restrictive diets should consult their physicians before increasing fluid intake.
Dress for the heat. Wear loose fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. If you must go out, wear a wide-brimmed hat and use sunscreen.
Elderly persons, small children, and those on certain medications, are susceptible to heat illness. These people should be particularly aware of their own safety, or should be checked on frequently by friends and family.
Pets and livestock are also susceptible to heat illness. Let pets out for short periods of time only. Make sure that outdoor pets have plenty of shade and water, and check on them frequently.
If you have to go outdoors during the heat of the day, use the buddy system and let someone know where you are so they can check on you.
Heat related problems can be deadly; any symptoms of a problem should be taken seriously. Be alert to the following heat related conditions and remove anyone having symptoms out of the heat and seek medical attention or call 911.
Symptoms of Heat Cramps:
Extreme pain and spasms in the arms and legs
Signs of Heat Exhaustion:
Cool and clammy skin
Headache, nausea, or vomiting
Possible loss of consciousness
Signs of Heat Stroke:
Headache, dizziness, and dry mouth
Hot, flushed, dry skin
Loss of consciousness
To learn more about recognizing and caring for heat-related emergencies, visit www.redcross.org, select “Preparing and Getting Trained,” click “Preparedness Fast Facts” and then select “Heat Waves.”
For more information, contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300 or go to www.preparemetrokc.org.
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