The City of St. Louis today reported three deaths related to the current heat wave.
Heat victim # 1 was an 81-year-old man who lived on the 5500 block of Delmar. He was found on August 9th. No air conditioning or fans were in the house.
Heat victim # 2 was a 73-year-old woman who lived on the 5700 block of Delor. She was found on August 10th. The air conditioner was turned on and working.
Heat victim # 3 was an 88-year-old man who lived on the 5200 block of St. Louis Avenue. He was found on August 10th. There was an air conditioner available. But, it was turned off.
“If you have an air conditioner, you should turn it on,” said City Health Director Pamela Walker. “If you don’t have an air conditioner and need assistance, you should call the United Way hotline at 1-800-427-4626 or Cool Down St. Louis at 241-7668.”
The City of St. Louis has installed over 190 window air conditioners and 125 fans since the heat wave began. The City just purchased another 60 air conditioners and will be installing them as needed this week.
Over the weekend, the City made more than 11,000 automated calls to give people at risk in the severe heat information on how to cope.
“Check on your family, friends, and neighbors during the hottest part of the day to make sure they are OK,” added Mayor Slay.
These are the first three heat-related deaths in the City of St. Louis in 2007. The City had a total of eight heat-related deaths in 2006.