Heat and Humidity June 17, 2010
Heat, humidity can create health risk at any age
Missouri’s summertime heat and humidity can take a toll whether you are playing baseball, mowing your lawn or just relaxing on your front porch in the shade.
Lori Harris-Franklin, Senior Epidemiology Specialist with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services provides tips Missourians can take to ensure a safe summer.
Harris #1 :14 / OC : “Midwest during summertime”
Harris-Franklin says tha-t people with health conditions and outdoor workers can fall victim to summertime heat and humidity.
Harris #2 :37 / OC: “your body hydrated”
Harris-Franklin says that some medications can play a role in how people handle the heat.
Harris #3 :49 / OC: “to the heat”
Missourians are urged to use the state’s toll-free abuse and neglect hotline number to report senior citizens or adults with disabilities suffering from the heat or needing assistance. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
Harris #4 :10 / OC: “two, one, zero”
Harris-Franklin tells how important it is for the younger children to stay hydrated when they are outside in the heat and humidity.
Harris #5 :30 / OC: “glasses every hour”
Harris-Franklin tells us what to look for in a person who might have a heat related health problem.
Harris #6 1:06 / OC: “medical help immediately”
Harris-Franklin says action needs to be taken quickly if the signs of a heat related problem are prevalent.
Harris #7 :27/ OC: “911 right away”
Harris-Franklin says that infants, pets and older adults can all suffer heat related problems if they are left inside a car, even if the windows are open.
Harris #8 :32 / OC: “in a car”