Jul 18 2017

Caution Urged During Excessive Heat Warning; Several Cooling Center Options Available

The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued an excessive heat warning, which will be in effect from noon today through 8:00 PM CDT Saturday, July 22nd. Heat index values are expected to reach up to 110 degrees due to temperatures ranging from upper 90s to mid 100s. The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health urges residents to be cautious during this time by taking proper heat safety measures.

“Our region experiences extreme heat almost every year and it’s important to observe common sense precautions whenever this happens,” said Saint Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. “Please also check on your elderly neighbors.”

Whenever temperatures rise above 95 degrees, the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health recommends the following:

·         Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

·         Spend as little time as possible in the sun and keep activity levels to a minimum.

·         Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, especially those without sugar or caffeine.

·         Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.

·         Eat light, easily-digested foods, avoiding hot, heavy, or greasy meals.

·         Be sure not to leave food unrefrigerated for long – food spoils rapidly in the heat.

·         Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or able to react accordingly –especially young children and the elderly. Check on your neighbors and relatives if they may be vulnerable or do not have air conditioning.

·         Use air-conditioning whenever in a vehicle or roll down the windows if there is no air conditioning. Never leave a child or a pet in a parked car without air conditioning!

·         Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for him or her immediately.

·         Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion.  The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin, and normally sweating stops. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is life threatening!

Residents are also urged to consider pets whenever temperatures rise. To protect pets in extreme heat citizens should:

·         Regularly check a pet’s water to make sure it is clean and fresh. Ample drinking water is vital to animals during hot and humid conditions. Make sure to adjust the drinking quantity for the size and number of pets in the area. You can also spray your pet with water to cool them off.

·         Provide a shady spot for pets. A pen near trees will work or you can fasten a sunroom screen to the sides and top of the pen to provide shade too.

·         Never leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle. Internal vehicle temperatures can reach 150 degrees.

Cooling Shelters

St. Louis County and the Salvation Army have partnered to provide expanded cooling shelter services this summer.

Salvation Army

10740 Page Ave 63132,

24 hours a day, 7 days a week between July 12th and September 15th.

North County Recreation Center

2577 Redman Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63136

Hours:  Open 7 Days a week

                M-F:  8am – 9pm

                 Sat:  8am – 5pm

                 Sun:  Noon – 5pm


Lemay Community Center

305 Gregg Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63125

Hours:  Open 7 days a week

                M-Th:  6;30am -8:30pm

                 F:  6:30am – 5:30pm

                 Sat:  7am – 7pm

                 Sun:  Noon – 6pm


The County Executive has also allocated $150,000 in federal grant money this summer to Cooldownstlouis.org to establish a utility assistance fund.

For information on utility assistance, visit the Cool Down St. Louis website:


For more information, please visit the department’s heat safety tips webpage at:



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