Cooling Stations Open in Mid-Missouri to Keep Residents Safe

5 years 2 months 1 day ago Sunday, June 22 2014 Jun 22, 2014 Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:08:00 PM CDT June 22, 2014 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Cooling centers open up in mid-Missouri Sunday and residents who spend the day outside are encouraged to take advantage of them.

The opening of the stations corresponds with the kick-off to Missouri Summer Safety Week, which runs through June 28. The stations can be found by locating them on Missouri's cooling station locater map. Columbia has 9 centers set up. Jefferson City has 5. 

Gail Vasterling, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said, "excessive heat and humidity can cause health problems, particularly for the elderly and people with pre-existing health issues."

The Department of Health and Senior Services reminds people to never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, drink plenty of water and limit alcohol intake, wear lightweight clothes, wear a brimmed hat and sunscreen and avoid strenuous activity during the day.

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