Excessive Heat Claims Lives
JEFFERSON CITY - The excessive heat wave should leave Missouri this weekend, but not until taking two lives and possibly causing eight more heat-related deaths. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is still conducting investigation on the deaths to confirm whether they were directly caused by the weather.
Across mid-Missouri, chairs in the yards were empty Friday. Air conditioners were on all the time. Fans seemed to be not enough to combat the heat wave which has been going on since the end of May.
In a well-insulated house, Jim Demian enjoyed a cool time on a hot afternoon in summer, along with his two dogs. The high temperature prevented Demian from having fun in his backyard.
"My wife and I walk in the morning at 6:30 or 7:00. It was even very hot early in the morning. I don't think it was so hot this time of last year," Demian said.
Demian was wise to keep away from the heat. The National Weather Service has issued a heat warning for Missouri and some of its surrounding states. The Department of Health has called the public's attention to the fact that extreme weather can be dangerous to elderly people and individuals with health problems.
Kit Wagar, spokesman of the Department of Health, suggested that most cases of heat-related accidents could have been avoided.
"Precaution helps a lot. People are doing pretty well in this unexpected weather condition because they are aware of the danger. We will probably off the heat this weekend, but they should know that people can even be overwhelmed by moderate heat.