The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 23rd, 2010. The combination of heat and humidity can cause dangerous heat index values between 110 and 115 degrees during the afternoon hours. Proper precautions should be taken to prevent heat related illness now, and during future heat advisories and warnings.
- Stay indoors in the air-conditioning as much as possible. Keep the shades drawn and blinds closed. If you cannot afford air conditioning or it isn’t available, spending some time each day (during the hottest part of the day) in an air conditioned environment such as a public building, with friends, or your church can give some relief. Other ways to beat the heat:
Summit Waves Family Aquatic Park is open Monday – Friday, Noon – 7 p.m. and weekends, Noon – 8 p.m. Lee’s Summit residents pay $7 for entry. Twilight hours, week nights from 5 - 7 p.m., is $4 for residents.
Harris Park Community Center hours vary. Call 969-1540 for hours; $4 fee for residents to use the gym.
Gamber Center hours are Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 4 p.m. There is no charge to use the facility except for the fitness center and lunches.
- Slow down. Strenuous activities should be avoided, reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to cooler times of the day.
- Fans should only be used in a ventilated room. Blow hot air out a window with a fan during the day, and blow cooler air in at night.
- 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, those on certain medications, and persons with weight and alcohol problems are particularly 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.
Heat related problems can be deadly; any symptoms of a problem should be taken seriously. Get out of the heat and seek medical attention if problems persist.
Sources: National Weather Service and the Mid-America Regional Council/Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee Emergency Preparedness Guide.
For more information, contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300 or go to preparemetrokc.org.