July 14, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Heat Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory to begin at noon on July, 14, 2010 projected last until 7:00 pm July 15, 2010. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department again urges residents take steps to protect against heat-related illnesses.

Exposure to hot and humid conditions can cause heat-related illnesses such as heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and death. When heat and humidity are high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly. Other conditions can increase risk of heat illness including age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use. Common signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses are:

If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, seek relief from heat. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

The following cooling centers will be open as needed in Springfield to provide air-conditioned facilities and relief from the heat:

For more information contact: Katie Towns-Jeter MPH, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-1205

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227 E. Chestnut Expwy. • Springfield, MO 65802
417-864-1658 • health.springfieldmo.gov