As high temperatures show no sign of abating, those most often affected by extreme heat – seniors – are being asked to take increased precautions against the rising of mercury readouts.
"We're increasing our offering of fluids to everyone right now, and we strongly discourage anyone from going outdoors – or from staying outdoors for very long if they do go out," said Ashley Manor Care Center Administrator, Patty Ypya.
Cases of heat stroke and heat-related illness have been minimal at Cooper County Memorial Hospital, according to an emergency room rep.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has a number of suggestions for dealing with the extreme temperatures that go hand in hand with severe heat and emergencies. They include the obvious, but additionally list several points of interest that may often go overlooked.
Stay indoors, of course; limit exposure to the sun. Stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine, when air conditioning is unavailable. Use exhaust fans and dehumidifiers if needed. Avoid salt and eat light, well-balanced meals at regular intervals.
Maintain appropriate fluid intake. Individuals suffering from heart, kidney or liver disease – or who are on fluid-restricted diets – should speak with a physician. Avoid alchohol if at all possible.
Those who lack air conditioning should open all windows early in the morning. This will help rid the structure of heat. During the hottest part of the day, keep the house closed. Use floor and ceiling fans as much as possible to keep air circulating. Bathe or shower early in the morning or late at night.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services can be contacted at 573-751-6400.