Wednesday, July 20, 2011

HEAT SAFETY TIPS

The Kansas City area has been placed under an Excessive Heat Warning through the weekend, following a week of near triple-digit temperatures. The MARC Air Quality Program has also issued an Ozone Alert, due to unhealthy ground-level ozone.
The heat has had an impact on many aspects of residents' daily lives, and as many as 10 deaths are being investigated as heat-related as of press time.
Those seeking relief from the heat may go to Hillcrest Community Center - 10401 Hillcrest Road, M-Th: 7 a.m.- 9 p.m., Friday: 7 a.m. -6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m- 5 p.m. as well as  KC swimming pools and spraygrounds.
The Health Department recommends checking on neighbors and the elderly at least twice a day, and taking precautions to stay safe from the heat:
• Stay inside during the heat of the day.
• Never leave children, pets or others alone in closed vehicles: within minutes, the temperature inside a car can reach over 140 degrees and kill.
• If you have to work outside or in a non-air-conditioned workplace, take frequent breaks, rest in the shade or cooler environment, and drink plenty of water.
• Avoid extreme temperature changes, such as a taking a cool shower immediately after coming inside from hot temperatures.
• If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a public building every day for several hours.
• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing
• Bring pets inside if possible. If not, ensure your pet has shade and plenty of fresh water.

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