Heat Warnings Continue for St. Louis, Missouri-Keep Safe in the Heat!
Posted on July 25th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
After almost a month of extreme heat, the greater St. Louis area remains under a heat advisory until Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. With temperatures hovering around the 100 degree mark, 5 deaths have occurred in Missouri and three deaths specifically in the St. Louis greater area according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Thirteen more deaths are being investigated as heat related.
The St. Louis County Health and Wellness chapter has issued safety tips to address the extended heat conditions in the area:
- Turn on your air conditioner to cool the air! This may seem obvious but people often try to save money by using fans. Fans just circulate the hot air and do not cool it. When temperatures are over 95 degree, fans can actually heat a room by circulating the air.
- Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages. Avoid drinks with sugar and caffeine-ice water is the best.
- Spend as little time in the sun as possible
- Keep your activity level to a minimum
- Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Eat light, easily-digested foods, avoiding hot, heavy and greasy meals
- Do no leave food unrefrigerated as food spoils more rapidly in the heat
- Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or unable to react accordingly-especially children and elderly people. Check on neighbors and relatives especially if they are vulnerable or do not have air conditioning. Older people cannot always sense the heat as well as younger people and might not be aware of the danger
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for that buy paxil india person immediately.
- Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion but also include hot, flushed skin, and normally sweating stops. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately as heat stroke is life-threatening
If you find yourself unable to keep your residence cool and need to find a cooling center, please call the United Way of Greater St. Louis by dialing 211 from your handheld phone or by call 1(800) 427-4626 from any other phone. Click here for a listing of cooling centers in the greater St. Louis area
For more information about local watches, warnings, or advisories, please visit the National Weather Service.
For more general information about the dangers of heat and common safety tips for handling periods of extreme heat, please visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.
The attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm wish to caution and inform all people about the dangers of heat oppressing the St. Louis area right now. Summer activities can be dangerous just because alcohol intake usually increases as well as traffic on our roadways. Increase traffic on roadways and waterways increases the probability of auto accidents, semi-truck accidents and boat accidents as people seek to be cooled during the summer heat.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, semi-truck accident or water vehicle accident such as a boat or water recreational vehicle, call Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm at 1(314) 276-1681 for a free consultation. Representation after an accident is crucial in order to ensure your rights and well being is ensured.