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:
- 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).
- 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 PrepareMetro KC and NOAA!
- Take the online Hot and Cold weather training designed by KUMC's Environmental Health and Safety Team!
Apr 03, 2014