As a precaution, the Health Department has recommended people take the following points to keep themselves cool and safe:
- Drink plenty of chilled, non-alcoholic beverages, and eat foods that are not heavy or overly greasy.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that does not limit movement or is dark in color.
- Keep an eye on young children and the elderly, and check up on neighbors and family members who don't have air conditioning and are particularly vulnerable to the heat.
- If working outside, take regular breaks in a shaded area or in a place that is air conditioned.
- Look out for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Someone with heat stroke will be dizzy, nauseated, and sweat more than usual; they should be moved to a cooler place immediately. Someone with a heat stroke will be similar to one with exhaustion but will also include flushed skin and no longer any normal sweating; 911 should be called immediately for them.
Not only humans, but pets too are susceptive to the summer heat. Pets should be kept inside or in a shady location, never left inside a vehicle, and provided fresh water on a regular basis. The key point is to enact what are called "common sense precautions" and stay out of the heat whenever possible.
For more information and safety tips, as well as assistance for those without air conditioning, you can visit the Health Department's webpage at www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/HeatSafetyTips.