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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2011

City reminds residents to be cautious during extreme heat

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is reminding residents of the importance of checking on neighbors and using caution as extreme heat is once again placing some residents at risk for heat exhaustion and possible death.

Residents seeking relief from the heat can call the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center to request transportation to one of the City’s cooling centers (see location/schedules information further down). The 3-1-1 Action Center can be reached by dialing 311 or 816-513-1313. This service is provided by Kansas City Fire Department personnel. Service animals will be transported, but household pets will not be accepted for transport.

In the event of heat exhaustion or life threatening heatstroke, call 911 for emergency medical care.

Throughout this heat event, residents are encouraged to check on neighbors, friends and family who are high risk for heat exhaustion – residents without access to air conditioning; senior citizens; infants; young children; and residents with mental or physical illness, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure. If possible, please help residents without air conditioning find a cool place to stay and remind them of the importance of drinking plenty of cool fluids slowly.

Residents seeking relief from the heat may go to the City’s community centers. Community center addresses and schedules, as well as open City swimming pools and spraygrounds, are listed below.

Brush Creek Community Center – 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Sunday and Monday: closed, Tuesday and Wednesday: Noon to 9 p.m., Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Garrison Community Center – 1124 E. 5th St.., Sunday and Monday: closed, Tuesday-Friday: 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gregg/Klice Community Center – 1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way, Sunday: closed, Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hillcrest Community Center – 10401 Hillcrest Road, Sunday: closed , Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kansas City North Community Center – 3930 N.E. Antioch Road, Sunday: closed, Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Line Creek Community Center – 5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive, Sunday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Marlborough Community Center – 8200 Paseo Blvd., Sunday and Monday: closed, Tuesday and Thursday: Noon to 9 p.m., Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Southeast Community Center – 4201 E. 63rd St., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tony Aguirre Community Center – 2050 W. Pennway Terrace, Sunday: closed, Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Westport-Roanoke Community Center – 3601 Roanoke Road, Sunday: closed, Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the City’s cooling centers, residents are invited to swim at the following parks and facilities through Labor Day weekend. Visit the webpage, http://bit.ly/chdKnB, for admission charges and hours.

Brush Creek Community Center Pool, 3801 Brush Creek Blvd. (Free swim: Mondays, 1-7 p.m.)

Budd Pool, at Esplanade Street and Denver Avenue (Free swim: Tuesdays, 1-7 p.m.)

Grove Park Pool, at Truman Road and Benton Boulevard (Free swim: Thursdays, 1-7 p.m.)

Swope Pool, Swope Park, at 67th Street and Lewis Road, (Free swim: Sundays, 1-5 p.m.)

The Springs Aquatics Center, 9400 N. Congress Ave.

Spraygrounds are free and open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information on swimming pools and spraygrounds visit the webpage, http://bit.ly/chdKnB.

Neighborhood Pools are free and open through Aug. 7 from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They are closed on Mondays.

Arbor Villa Park, 66th Terrace and Main Street

Ashland Park, 23rd and Elmwood streets

Gillham Pool, 41st and Gillham streets

West Terrace Park, 16th and Jarboe streets

Please note: it is against City ordinance for residents to swim in any of the City’s fountains.

The City’s Health Department recommends that residents take precautions to protect themselves from the heat.

Eleven things you can do to protect your health during times of extreme heat:

    Do not use a fan as your primary source of cooling. If your home does not have air conditioning, please go to a public building every day for several hours.

    Never leave children, pets or others alone in closed vehicles: within minutes, the temperature inside a car can reach over 140 degrees and this can kill within minutes.

    If you have to work outside or in a non-air-conditioned workplace, take frequent breaks, rest in the shade or cooler environment, and drink plenty of water.

    Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives at least twice a day (morning and night).

    Avoid too much sunshine, and postpone outdoor activities and games.

    Avoid extreme temperature changes, such as a taking a cool shower immediately after coming inside from hot temperatures.

    Stay indoors as much as possible during the heat of the day in an air conditioned environment.

    If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a public building every day for several hours.

    Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, to reduce heat and save money.

    Conserve electricity not needed to keep you cool.

    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.

For more information about heat-related illnesses, visit the CDC’s webpage about extreme heat: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/.

Heat information also can be found on the Health Department's webpage (www.kcmo.org/health). For general information on signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, call the 3-1-1 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313. For heat information and community resources, call the Health Department's community partner United Way 2-1-1, at 211 or 816-474-5112.

Media inquiries about the City’s community centers and swimming pools should be directed to Heidi Downer, Parks and Recreation Department, 816-513-7527.

    
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