The heat is on this summer – especially this week in the Cape Girardeau area.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Paducah, Ky. has issued an Heat Advisory on several occasions this week, and forecasts show air temperatures at or into the 90s through early next week. Heat indices may reach more than 100 degrees on several occasions.
Keep as cool as possible and monitor your neighbors, friends and family who are at risk during this period. Anyone needing longer-term, improved living conditions during the heat is encouraged to call 573-334-HELP or 211.
Cooling Centers Available
Any city facility is open to the public during their regular operating hours. Additional amenities are limited to restrooms and drinking fountains.
Signs of Heat Exhaustion
- Heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale or flushed
- Weak pulse
- Normal body temperature is possible, but temperature will likely rise
- Fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches are possible
Signs of Heat Stroke
If you witness these symptoms, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
- High body temperature (105+)
- Hot, red, dry skin
- Rapid, weak pulse and rapid shallow breathing
- Victim will probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from recent strenuous activity
- Possible unconsciousness
Stay inside with air conditioning as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. If air conditioning is not available stay on the lowest floor of your home out of the sunshine, use fans or go to an available community cooling center. More tips to help you stay cool:
- Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
- Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles or outdoors.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.