The extreme heat has prompted one Salina organization to keep its doors open extended hours to help those who have no where else to go to stay cool.
Earlier this summer the Salina Salvation Army gave away free fans. Fans help relieve the sweltering summer heat, but some days finding an air-conditioned space is the safest option. The agency is staying open as a heat relief center.
The Salvation Army tells KSAL News that they have a water fountain, and cool air. All are welcome to get in out of the heat in their building at 1137 N Santa Fe. The facility is staying open this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday 9 – 5.
Not only is the Salina Salvation Army providing a heat relief center, they are going a step further. They are taking their mobile unit out in the community, specifically looking for those in need of a cold drink and way to beat the heat. Among other location they will be visiting homeless sites to pass out cold bottled water.
Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Ensure they have water and a shady place to rest.
Eat small meals and eat more often.
Avoid extreme temperature changes.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
HEAT CAN BE DANGEROUS
Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Avoid problems by drinking plenty of fluids and limiting drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.
If a person is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
HEAT STROKE IS LIFE-THREATENING
Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if some shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.