The City of St. Louis Department of Health has announced that a 68-year old male has been confirmed as the City's first heat related death this year.
"This is a very dangerous time for many of our residents" said Interim City Health Director Pamela Walker. The Health Department is alerting residents that seniors are more at risk to heat stress than younger people because they don't adjust as well to extreme temperature changes. This week's forecasted prolonged excessive heat is especially dangerous to seniors and individuals with underlying medical issues. Furthermore, many seniors have medical conditions or take medicines that may impact their ability to adjust to heat, which increases their risk of heat stress.
"If you have an air conditioner, you should turn it on," Walker added. Residents who do not have an air conditioner or need energy assistance should call the United Way at 1-800-427-4626 or 211 if calling from a land line phone. Assistance can also be obtained by contacting Cool Down St. Louis at 241-7668.
"This is an excellent time to be a good neighbor," added Mayor Slay. "Make sure everyone, especially children, seniors, and pets, are keeping cool. If you know an individual who has an air conditioner but you cannot hear it running, please encourage them to turn it on."