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First heat-related death in St. Louis County

The first heat-related death in St. Louis County has been confirmed. A 65-year-old Ferguson woman was found dead yesterday...her air conditioner was not working. In addition to the death, nine people have been treated for heat-related illnesses, and one has been hospitalized. A heat advisory remains in effect for the St. Louis area until 7:00pm on Saturday.

 

Whenever temperatures rise above 95 degrees, the Saint Louis County Department of 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.

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!

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