News from City Hall
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2010
City takes steps to protect residents from heat,
additional suspected heat-related death
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has been notified of an additional suspected heat-related death in the metro currently under investigation by the Jackson County Medical Examiner. As this is an on-going medical investigation, no additional information will be released on the death.
To assist residents seeking relief from the heat, once a Heat Warning is issued the City opens cooling centers. Safety of our residents is top priority. The following are City community centers where residents can go for relief from the heat:
- Tony Aguirre Community Center – 2050 West Pennway Terrace, Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Brush Creek Community Center – 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Gregg Community Center & Klice Fitness Center – 1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way, Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Hillcrest Community Center – 10401 Hillcrest Road, Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Kansas City North Community Center – 3930 N.E. Antioch Road, Monday through Friday:5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: closed.
- Line Creek Community Center – 5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive, Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Marlborough Community Center – 8200 Paseo Blvd., Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: closed.
- Southeast Community Center – 4201E. 63rd St., Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p..m.
- Westport-Roanoke Community Center – 3601 Roanoke Road, Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: closed.
In addition to the City’s cooling centers residents are invited to swim at the following parks and facilities through Labor Day weekend. Visit the website, http://bit.ly/chdKnB, for admission charges and hours.
Brush Creek Community Center Pool, 3801 Brush Creek Boulevard
Budd Pool, Esplanadeand Denver Avenue
The Grove Pool, Truman Road and Benton Boulevard
Swope Pool, Swope Park, 67th Street and Lewis Road
The Springs Aquatics Center, 9400 N. Congress
Free swim is offered at the following times and locations:
Brush Creek Community Center Pool, Mondays, 1-7 p.m.
Budd Pool, Tuesdays, 1-7 p.m.
Swope Pool, Wednesday, 1-7 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
The Grove Pool, Thursdays, 1-7 p.m.
Neighborhood swimming pools
Spraygrounds are free and open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday. For more information on swimming pools and spraygrounds visit the website, http://bit.ly/chdKnB.
Neighborhood Pools are free and open through August 15 from 1-6 p.m. Tuesdaythrough Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:
Arbor Villa Park, 66th Terrace and Main Street
Ashland Park, 23rd and Elmwood streets
Gillham Pool, 41st and Gillham streets
West Terrace Park, 16th and Jarboe streets
The City is also taking action to prevent heat-related illnesses from striking its work force and to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. Some departments are adjusting work schedules for labor employees and making sure workers have access to water, as well as opportunities to cool off with adequate breaks.
With the heat expected to continue, people working outside are urged to take precautions against the heat. If you have to work outside or in a non-air-conditioned workplace, take frequent breaks, rest in the shade or cooler environment, and drink plenty of water.
Heat-related illnesses and deaths can be prevented.
Ten things you can do to protect your health during times of extreme heat:
1. Never leave children, pets or others alone in closed vehicles: within minutes, the temperature inside a car can reach over 140 degrees and can result in death.
2. Avoid too much sunshine, and postpone outdoor activities and games.
3. Avoid extreme temperature changes, such as a taking a cool shower immediately after coming inside from hot temperatures.
4. Stay indoors as much as possible.
5. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a public building every day for several hours.
6. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, to reduce heat and save money.
7. Conserve electricity not needed to keep you cool.
8. If you have to work outside, take frequent breaks, rest in the shade, and drink plenty of water.
9. Dress for the weather: wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing; lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and helps maintain normal body temperature. If you have to be outside, cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn. Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat.
10. Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives at least twice a day (morning and night).
For more information about heat-related illnesses, visit the CDC’s Web page about extreme heat http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/.
Heat information also can be found on the Health Department's Web page (www.kcmo.org/health). For general information on signs and symptoms of heat related illness, call the 3-1-1 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313. For heat information and community resources, call the Health Department's community partner United Way 2-1-1, at 211 or 816-474-5112.
Media inquires about this issue should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, Health Department, 816-840-2548 or 816-513-6327.