August 02, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Be Vigilant in Protecting Against Heat Illness

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory to begin at 11:00 a.m. on August 2, 2010 projected to last through Wednesday, August 4, 2010. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reminds the community to take steps to protect against heat-related illnesses.

Precautions to protect against heat-related illness include:

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 are 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:

Events at Ozarks Empire Fair will be taking place in Springfield this week. The Fair has adjusted its hours because of the heat advisory. People attending the fair should make sure to drink plenty of water and keep children hydrated as well. Take breaks from the heat and watch for signs of heat illness. Seek help immediately if heat illness signs develop.

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

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