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Relief from Summer Heat – Cooling Centers, Discounts, Tips for Lee's Summit
July 18, 2012
With temperatures expected in the triple digits during the next seven days, the City of Lee’s Summit would like to remind residents to stay indoors in the air-conditioning as much as possible. 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.
Checking on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and spend much of their time alone is also important during these weather conditions.
Those in need of relief from the heat can go to the following cooling centers located in Lee’s Summit. The cooling centers are open during regular business hours:
Mid-Continent Public Libraries located 1000 NW Colbern Road and 150 NW Oldham Parkway
Lobbies of the following Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation (LSPR) facilities Gamber Center, 4 SE Independence Ave.; Legacy Park Community Center, 901 NE Bluestem Drive; and Harris Park Community Center, 110 SE Blue Parkway.
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.
Lee's Summit Social Services, 108 SE 4th Street in downtown Lee’s Summit, offers fans to low to moderate income families and seniors living in the organization’s service area that includes Lee’s Summit, Lake Lotawana, Greenwood, and Lone Jack in Missouri. For residents with medical needs or illness, LSSS has a limited supply of window air conditioner units available. LSSS is also still accepting donated heat-related items such as bottled water, air conditioner units and fans. Please bring all donated items to LSSS from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. For more information, contact LSSS at (816) 525-HELP (4357) or visit the website at www.lssocialservices.com.
Single Visit Fees Reduced at Gamber and Legacy Park Community centers:
As a result of the extreme heat, the Lee's Summit Park Board has enacted its “Beat the Heat Policy” that is in effect from 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18th, through Saturday, July 21st, at 8 p.m. This policy reduces single visit fees to Legacy Park Community Center and the Gamber Center to half price (50% off the applicable fee, regular or discounted single visit). Information about the fee reduction is posted on the LSPR website, www.lsparks.net, and at each facility’s welcome desk.
It is also important to remember during periods of extremely hot weather, KCP&L may consider delaying cut-off for delinquent account holders. However, customers are still responsible for payment of electricity used. For more information about this and other energy conservation programs visit KCP&L.
Tips to beat the heat:
There are also other steps to take in combating the heat. The following are tips to stay cool during the summer heat wave:
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:
1. Stomach cramps
2. Extreme pain and spasms in the arms and legs
Signs of Heat Exhaustion:
1. Cool and clammy skin
2. Heavy sweating
3. Headache, nausea, or vomiting
4. Weak pulse
5. Shallow breathing
6. Possible loss of consciousness
Signs of Heat Stroke:
1. Headache, dizziness, and dry mouth
2. Hot, flushed, dry skin
3. Bounding pulse
4. 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.
Sources: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Mid-America Regional Council/Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee Emergency Preparedness Guide, the American Red Cross and the Lee's Summit Fire Department.
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