SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- 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:
- Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty; avoid drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine.
- Avoid strenuous work or exercise outside during the hottest part of the day. If that is not practical, take frequent breaks and remember to drink plenty of water.
- Check on senior adults, young children and pets.
- Stay in an air-conditioned facility; if your home is not air conditioned, visit a shopping center, public library, community center, cooling center or other air-conditioned facility.
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: