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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2002
CONTACT: Sheryl Woods, Media Relations Liaison, Health Department, (816) 513-6327

Heat advisory in effect

The heat index was greater than 95 degrees by 11 a.m. today at the Kansas City International Airport and as a result the Health Department issued a summer heat advisory that will be in effect until further notice.

A heat advisory is the entry-level of notification the Health Department issues based on the heat index, which is the combined effect of temperature and humidity on the body, or how it feels. A heat advisory is issued as weather conditions are serious and action must be taken to avoid heat-related illnesses. The public is urged to observe the following guidelines to avoid heat-related illnesses:

Limit outdoor activity especially between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Stay in the coolest location possible. Try to spend at least a few hours every day in an air-conditioned building.

Drink an additional 10-12 glasses of water per day, unless on a fluid restricted diet.

Take cool baths or showers.

Regularly eat light meals that include salt unless, you are on a salt restricted diet.

Seek medical attention immediately if you feel nauseated, weak, dizzy or confused.

Check frequently on neighbors. Infants, small children and the elderly are at high-risk for heat-related illnesses and should be encouraged to seek relief in air-conditioned buildings.

    
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