This article is 10 years old. It was published on June 29, 2012.
Mayor Slay and City officials urge St. Louis residents to take proper precautions in periods of extreme heat. A heat advisory is in effect for the City of St. Louis through 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Current weather indications suggest this heat wave will continue through the weekend and into next week.
“The effects of excessive heat are cumulative,” said Health Director Pamela Walker. “Right now, the large majority of heat-related illnesses are caused by healthy people who fail to take proper precautions in the heat. But, as this heat becomes more prolonged, it will pose a greater threat to elderly and disabled people.”
“All residents should check on their elderly neighbors, friends, and relatives,” added Mayor Slay. “Make sure their air conditioners are working and that their homes are a comfortable temperature.”
The Health Department and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission have agreed to suspend horse carriage rides before 8:00 p.m. until Wednesday, July 4th. These temporary restrictions will help to ensure the health and welfare of the horses.
Police Chief Isom and Fire Chief Jenkerson remind St. Louis residents that it is illegal for citizens to shoot fireworks. It is also illegal for residents to open fire hydrants.
“We will be rigorously enforcing these laws,” said Chief Isom. “The police and fire departments are working closely together to ensure the safety of all of our residents.”
“Fires can start and spread quickly during this period of extreme dryness – and a single spark from fireworks could ignite a deadly fire,” said Chief Jenkerson. “We also need people to stop opening fire hydrants. Opening fire hydrants can decrease our water pressure and hurt our ability to put out fires.”
Department of Health and Department of Human Services representatives will be on call this weekend to provide cooling resources as needed. If residents do not have an air conditioner or they need help with their utility bills, they can call the United Way at 2-1-1. Cool Down St. Louis is helping area seniors and the disabled with their air-conditioning and utilities; and area low-income households may also apply for utility assistance only, at 314-241-7668, or www.cooldownstlouis.org.
If residents see an open fire hydrant, they can call the Water Department at 314-771-4880. Residents should always call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.