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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield Fire Department wants to remind our community to be prepared for periods of extreme heat as we enter the hottest part of the summer season. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), extreme heat is responsible for more deaths than any other weather-related hazard.
Tips for beating the extreme heat:
Everyone is susceptible to the effects of heat, but older adults, children and those who have chronic medical conditions are at greater risk of experiencing a heat-related illness. Below are some signs of heat-related illness, along with some of the recommended actions to prevent further problems.
“Knowing the signs of heat-related illness and how to respond can mean the difference between life and death. If you or someone you know is experiencing a heat-related emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately,” said Battalion Chief Brian Athen.
For more information, please contact Assistant Chief Kevin Trogdon at 417-874-2300.