July 15, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Heat Expected to Continue

High temperatures and heat advisories are expected to begin this weekend and last through much of next week. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department urges residents to continue take steps to protect against heat-related illnesses

Take precautions to protect against heat-related illness including:

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 Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management has opened the following cooling centers in Springfield, during normal business hours:

Wehrenberg Theatres also offers an additional way to stay cool. When the National Weather Service issues a ‘Heat Advisory’, Wehrenberg Theatres will offer lower prices for any movie starting before 4 pm. Visit Campbell 16 Cine at 4005 South Ave. for more information.

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

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