Second heat-related death reported in St. Louis County

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed a second heat-related death thus far this summer after an elderly woman was found dead in her home late last week.

The woman has not been identified. An autopsy attributed her death to “heat-related causes.”

In response to the woman’s death, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has allocated $250,000 in federal grant money to Cool Down St. Louis, a non-profit organization that provides utility assistance for senior citizens, the disabled, and people in low-income families.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, which will remain in effect until Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

When temperatures reach 95 degrees or above, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health recommends the following:

• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

• Spend as little time as possible in the sun and keep activity levels to a minimum.

• Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, especially those without sugar or caffeine.

• Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.

• Eat light, easily-digested foods, avoiding hot, heavy, or greasy meals.

• Be sure not to leave food unrefrigerated for long – food spoils rapidly in the heat.

• Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or able to react accordingly –especially young children and the elderly. Check on your neighbors and relatives if they may be vulnerable or do not have air conditioning.

• Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for him or her immediately.

• Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin, and normally sweating stops. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is life threatening!