Cooling Center Opens in Kirkwood to Combat Heat Wave

The City of Kirkwood has opened a cooling center today until 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Community Center.

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With a predicted forecast of 108 degrees in the St Louis area, the City of Kirkwood has opened a cooling center for those looking for relief from the heat at the .

Anyone who needs it is welcome to enjoy a break from the heat in the air conditioning. Refreshments will be provided. The center will be open today, Thursday until 9:00 p.m. Future dates will be determined based on weather forecast predictions and the needs of citizens.

The very dry and hot conditions can induce the body to overheat quickly, causing minor to major medical conditions ranging from dehydration to heat exhaustion to heat stroke. In some cases overheating can lead to death.

Residents should be aware of symptoms of heat-related illnesses. The following are signs of heat-related illness:

  1. Headaches
  2. Cold chills
  3. Stoppage of Sweat
  4. Nausea
  5. Vomiting

If two or more symptoms are experienced, someone should seek shelter from the heat and seek medical attention.

Citizens should seek a cool place to work or relax and avoid the prime heat of the day. Limit outdoor activities to early morning and late evening, wear loose-fitting and light colored clothing, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Residents are reminded to check on the elderly, neighbors, and any relatives to make sure they are coping with the extreme heat.

For any further questions regarding the cooling center in Kirkwood contact Officer Jim Cox at 314-822-5868.

Kate Davison Ives July 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Thank you for making us all aware of the issues regarding the heat. Thank you as well for always looking out for the residents of Kirkwood!


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