Extreme heat is a dangerous situation, and the health risks associated with it are completely preventable.
With the heat index rising it is important to remember safety first:
- Stay hydrated. If you are outside you should consume 16-32 ounces of fluid per hour
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Stay inside during the day, limit outdoor activity to the morning or evening
- If you do not have air conditioning, visit air conditioned buildings such as malls, movie theaters or libraries
- Elderly people (65 years and older), infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress. Check in on elderly neighbors and family members to make sure they are okay.
- Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are only a few of the possible results of overexposure to extreme heat.
Those who need help finding an air conditioner or securing financial aid to pay energy bills should contact the United Way from a landline phone at 2-1-1. Cool-Down St. Louis can also offer some help, call 241-7668 or visit cooldownstlouis.org.
CDC Extreme Heat