Tips to stay cool during extreme heat

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The heat is on! Cape Girardeau hit heat index highs of 115 degrees Monday and the area is expected to stay in an excessive heat warning until Wednesday.  

 Station One Battalion Chief Shawn Morris gives some tips to keep yourself safe during the harsh temperatures. 

 “So, the main thing right now is you want to drink a lot of water,” Staying hydrated is like the key during the hot times like this if you’re going to be outside for long periods.” 

Morris also says to check on high-risk individuals during this time, like children, those who are pregnant or overweight, and the elderly. 

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is common for people to become physically ill during this heat. 

 “If you can check on your neighbors. If you live next door to someone who lives alone, check on him during this time, If they don’t have air conditioning, you know making sure they’re okay,” said Morris.  

In extreme heat temperatures, it’s important to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed. 

Tracy Poston with Southeast Missouri Pets reminds people to never leave their pets in a car. 

“This time of year, and most of the year you do not want to leave your pet in a vehicle because the heat index in there rises really quickly and it becomes dangerous very quickly,” said Poston. 

 In Cape Girardeau, all public facilities are cooling centers during business hours.  

Community centers like the Osage Centre are open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays. The Shawnee Sports Complex is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

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. Tap here to find cooling centers in Missouri. 

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