News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2013
City reminds residents to beat the heat this summer
In recognition of Missouri Summer Weather Safety Day on Friday, May 24, the City of Kansas City, Mo., reminds residents to beat the heat this summer. Please follow these safety tips during bouts of extreme heat:
Do not use a fan as your primary source of cooling on extremely hot days. If your home does not have air conditioning, please go to an air-conditioned location during the heat of the day. The City’s community centers are open as cooling centers during regular business hours. Please visit www.kcparks.org and click on the “Centers” tab for information on community centers.
Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives at least twice a day (morning and night).
Never leave children, pets or others alone in closed vehicles. The temperature inside a car can quickly reach more than 140 degrees, which can be fatal within minutes.
Avoid the heat of the day by engaging in outdoor activities and games early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler and the sun is not directly overhead.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Stay indoors as much as possible during the heat of the day in an air-conditioned environment. If you have to work outside or in a non-air-conditioned workplace, take frequent breaks and rest in the shade or cooler environment.
Dress for the weather: wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. This type of clothing reflects heat and helps maintain normal body temperature. If you have to be outside, cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn. Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat. Wear sunscreen.
Avoid extreme temperature changes, such as a taking a cool shower immediately after coming inside from hot temperatures.
For more information on keeping cool in heat, please visit www.kcmo.org/heat. For more information on Missouri Summer Weather Safety Day, please visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=summerweathersafetyweek.
For more heat information and community resources, call the City’s community partner United Way 2-1-1, at 211 or 816-474-5112.