Missourians should call the state's toll-free abuse and neglect hotline at 1-800-392-0210 to report senior citizens or adults with disabilities suffering from the heat and needing assistance. The hotline operates 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. seven days a week.

Each year many Missourians suffer from heat-related illnesses, with some cases resulting in death. During prolonged periods of high temperatures, using air conditioning – either at home or by seeking shelter in a local cooling center -- is the best preventive measure.

Missourians should become familiar with the terms used to identify heat hazards:

To prepare for extreme heat, you should consider:

What to do during severe heat and heat emergencies

If your home is not air-conditioned, use moving air to try to beat the heat:

The National Weather Service has additional information about keeping safe in extreme heat, common heat disorders for those involved in outdoor recreational activities at www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=summerweathersafetyday.