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Summer Safety and Health Tips

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Summertime means more fun in the outdoors! These tips will keep your summer safe and healthy.

Tips for Dealing with Extreme Heat
Extreme heat can be dangerous, leading to heat stroke and death. Heat stroke occurs when your temperature rises quickly and your body cannot cool down. This condition is life-threatening, but it is preventable.

According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.

Each National Weather Service Forecast Office will issue the following heat-related products as conditions warrant:

  • Excessive Heat Outlook is issued when the potential exists for an excessive heat event in the next 3-7 days. See the mean heat index and probability forecasts maps.
  • Excessive Heat Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 24 to 72 hours. A watch is used when the risk of a heat wave has increased but its timing and occurrence is still uncertain. A watch provides enough lead time so that those who need to prepare can do so.
  • Excessive Heat Warning/Advisory is issued when an excessive heat event is expected in the next 36 hours. This means an excessive heat event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. The warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life. An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant discomfort or inconvenience and, if caution is not taken, could lead to a threat to life.
clipart man under hot sunTips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

Warning signs of heatstroke
Warning signs of heatstroke in children
Skin is flushed, red and dry
Decreased physical activity
Little or no sweating
Lack of tears when crying
Deep breathing
Dry mouth
Dizziness, headache, or fatigue
Irritability and fussiness
Less urine is produced, of a dark yellowish color
Confusion, loss of consciousness
In adults, hallucinations and aggression

Note icon. If you believe you or someone else may be suffering from heat stroke, get help immediately.

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Weather Alerts for the Unpredictable Summer
Summer weather can be unpredictable with the chance of major effects to include wildfires, tornados, and more.  It is important to be aware of pending weather conditions. Be proactive to ensure safety measures are being met. The National Weather Service has developed a list of free and paid alerts available by email or SMS text that are beneficial for families and communities. To view the list of weather alert systems available, visit the National Weather Service to subscribe to weather and emergency alerts.

Tornado Warning and Alert App by American Red CrossAmerican Red Cross Tornado App logo
Get ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and the American Red Cross will send you a link to download the app to your phone. Apps can also be downloaded directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

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Graphic of mosquitoAre you getting bugged?Graphic of mosquito
Being outdoors means more chances of being bit by a tick or mosquito. Using the correct insect repellent along with other preventive actions can discourage ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects from bugging you. Here are some tips you can take:


Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' information on the risks of tick borne viruses from can be found here.

Avoid tick habitats

Avoid tick bites

Remove mosquito habitats

Use structural barriers Avoid getting bitten

Other Preventive Actions to Avoid Getting Bitten

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Campfire Safetyclipart man putting out fire with bucket of water
Camping adventures with family and friends are a great summertime  activity. However, as Smokey Bear has always said, “Only YOU can prevent wildfires!”

Campfire safety tips

If a wildfire starts in your camping area, evacuate immediately and call 9-1-1.

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