FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2015
City reminds residents to be careful during excessive heat warning
Cool off while enjoying community center activities
Weather officials have issued an excessive heat warning for the Kansas City area. The heat index may exceed 110 degrees. Because high temperatures have returned in KC, now is a great time to review these heat safety tips:
- Do not use a fan as your primary source of cooling on extremely hot days. If your home does not have air conditioning, please go to an air-conditioned location during the heat of the day.
- The City’s community centers are open as cooling centers during regular business hours. Please visit http://kcparks.org/facilities/community-center/ for the location and hours of our ten community centers.
- Visit a free sprayground: http://kcparks.org/recreations/sprayground/
- Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives at least twice a day (morning and night).
- Never leave children, pets or others alone in closed vehicles. The temperature inside a car can quickly reach more than 140 degrees, which can be fatal within minutes.
- Avoid the heat of the day by engaging in outdoor activities and games early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler and the sun is not directly overhead.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Stay indoors as much as possible during the heat of the day in an air-conditioned environment. If you have to work outside or in a non-air-conditioned workplace, take frequent breaks and rest in the shade or cooler environment.
- Dress for the weather: wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. This type of clothing reflects heat and helps maintain normal body temperature. If you have to be outside, cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn. Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat. Wear sunscreen.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes, such as a taking a cool shower immediately after coming inside from hot temperatures.
For more information on keeping cool in heat, please visit www.kcmo.gov/heat.
For more heat information and community resources, call the City’s community partner United Way 2-1-1, at 211 or 816-474-5112.
Media inquiries should be directed to the Health department media phone, 816-719-3610.