August 02, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Dangerous Temperatures Can Cause Heat-related Illness

High temperatures and Excessive Heat Warnings continue this week as dangerous temperatures continue to impact the area. Since June, 137 heat-related illnesses have been reported in Greene County. Heat can have an accumulative effect and can lead to severe heat-related illness and even death if not treated properly. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department advises residents to continue to 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' or 'Excessive Heat Warning' 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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