Many people do not realize how dangerous a heat wave can be. Compared to visible and destructive events like floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes, heat waves are "silent killers." More people die in an average year in Kansas City from heat-related conditions, than from all other weather types combined.
Hot Weather Tips:
Before extreme heat overwhelms the region, you should have an emergency kit (Extreme Heat) containing items you may need to sustain during extreme heat at home and on the road.
- Familiarize yourself with the types of heat related illnesses and their symptoms prior to hot weather season (i.e. heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke).
- heat cramps - painful, brief muscle cramps or spasms which may jerk involuntarily that occur during or after work in a hot environment.
- heat exhaustion - caused by body over heating, symptoms may include heavy sweating and rapid pulse, you might feel dizzy or weak
- heat stroke - caused by body over heating as a result of prolonged exposure or physical exertion in high temperatures. It is the most serious form of heat injury which may cause the body temperature to rise above 104o. This is a situation that requires emergency treatment.
- Drink plenty of water, even if you're not thirsty!
- Remember, that the heat index is a measure of "how it feels". Just because the thermometer reads 85 degrees, the actual feel with humidity may be well over 100.
- Read up on more hot weather tips at Excessive Heat and Heat Safety.