In 2012, Missouri had the highest number of heat related deaths in more than a decade. In 2011, Missouri tied with Utah for the most lightning deaths in the US.
The National Weather Service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the State Emergency Management Agency have joined together to bring you important safety information that could save your life this summer.
Heat safety tips for children
-- Make sure your child's safety seat and safety belt buckles aren't too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.-- Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.-- Teach children not to play in, on or around cars.-- Always lock car doors and trunks -- even at home -- and keep keys out of children's reach.-- Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car ever.
Heat safety tips for adults
-- Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.-- Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.-- Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. -- Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. -- Don't get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat.