Safety tips, resources to keep in mind during this week's excess -

Safety tips, resources to keep in mind during this week's excessive heat

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Doctors say children under four and infants are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Doctors say children under four and infants are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

ST. LOUIS ( – The City of St. Louis Department of Health has some safety tips for people during this week’s excessive heat.

An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect from 12 p.m. Tuesday through 8 p.m. Saturday. During the warning, temperatures are expected to be near-to-above 100 degrees and heat index values are expected to be between 105 and 113 degrees.

The elderly, very young, those without air conditioning and those participating in strenuous outdoor actives will be the most susceptible to heat-related stress and illness.

The Health Department released the following tips:

  • Avoid poorly ventilated areas and prolonged work in the sun.
  • Keep plenty of fluids on hand and try to stay in, or take frequent breaks in an air conditioned environment.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear light weight loose fitting clothing.
  • Never leave children unattended in a vehicle. Check the backseat. During extreme heat, vehicle temperatures can reach lethal levels in a matter of minutes.
  • Continuously check on family members, neighbors, elderly, chronically ill, and friends. If they have air conditioning available, encourage them to use it.
  • Replace Salt and Minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.
  • In extreme heat, it is important that pets are in an air conditioned environment.
  • Never leave pets alone in a vehicle. If you see a pet in an unattended vehicle, call 911.
  • Watch for coolant leaking from your vehicle. A pet drinking just a small amount can cause death.
  • Do not force your animal to exercise after a meal in hot, humid weather. Limit exercise to the early morning or evening hours.
  • Never leave your pet standing on asphalt surfaces, as they can burn their paws.

Cooldown St. Louis can assist area seniors and the disabled with their air-conditioning and utilities. Low-income households can also apply for utility assistance by calling 314-241-7668, or by clicking here.

New or used AC units can be dropped off at all Vatterot College locations. The units are checked to make sure they work properly

The United Way of Greater St. Louis has a list of cooling sites. To find a site near you call 1-800-427-4626, or 211 if dialing from a land line phone.

Animals in distress during the heat should be brought to the attention of the City of St. Louis Citizens’ Service Bureau by calling 314-622-4800, or Stray Rescue of St. Louis at 314-771-6121 ext. 255.

In Washington, Missouri, the Senior Center has been opened as a cooling location for those who need it. The center at 1459 West Fifth Street will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and again on Sunday. Anyone with questions regarding the cooling center should contact 636-390-1080.

Below is a list of cooling centers the Salvation Army has opened:


Arnold Corps
3740 Telegraph Road
Arnold, MO 63010
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cape Girardeau Corps
701 Good Hope
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Carthage Corps
125 East Fairview Street
Carthage, MO 64836
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Chillicothe Corps
621 West Mohawk Road
Chillicothe, MO 64601
9 a.m. - noon, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Columbia Harbor House Shelter
602 North Ann Street
Columbia, MO 65201
24 hours

Columbia Corps
1108 West Ash Street
Columbia, MO 65203
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. noon,  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Euclid Corps
2618 North Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63113
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Family Haven
10740 West Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
8 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. – 4: 15 p.m.

Gateway Corps
824 Union
St. Louis, MO 63123
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Jefferson City Center of Hope
927 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Joplin Corps
320 East 8th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Maplewood Corps
7701 Rannells
Maplewood, MO 63143
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

O’Fallon Corps
1 William Booth Drive
O’Fallon, MO 63366
8: 30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

St. Charles Corps
2140 North 4th Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sedalia Service Center
1200 E. Broadway Blvd.
Sedalia, MO 65301
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Springfield Corps
1701 West Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Temple Corps
2740 Arsenal Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Warrensburg SE Corps
125 North Holden Street, Suite A
Warrensburg, MO 64093
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Alton Corps
525 Alby Street
Alton, IL 62002
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Belleville Corps
20 Glory Place
Belleville, IL 62220
9 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m.– 4 p.m.

East St. Louis Corps
616 North 16th Street
East St. Louis, IL 622059
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Granite City Corps
3007 East 23rd Street
Granite City, IL 62040
9 a.m. – 12 noon, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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