Kansas City area under heat advisory until Wednesday - KCTV5

Kansas City area under heat advisory until Wednesday

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Be generous with sunscreen and drink plenty of water during a heat advisory. (KCTV5). Be generous with sunscreen and drink plenty of water during a heat advisory. (KCTV5).
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The Kansas City area is under a heat advisory through Wednesday, and cooling centers have opened in response to the extreme temperatures.

The Salvation Army offers cool drinks and snacks and will stay open during the peak temperatures.

However, other people are not letting the heat change their routine but are still being cautious.

“We did a shorter walk than we normally do, but yeah, about 20-30 minutes, and we were standing in the shade. It’s warm,” exerciser Diane Ward said.

“We’ve got our water, and I bought a Frog Togs…it’s kind of [a] hyper evaporative towel that you get wet, and then you wring it out and put it on your body. It doesn’t feel wet, but it feels nice and cool,” another exerciser Sarah Miller said.

If you must be outside and there’s no shade, be generous with sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

Emergency medical technicians say in heat like this, people need eight ounces of water every 15 minutes if outside.

MED-ACT crews say stay inside if you can. They also warn of heat exhaustion making sure you know the signs.

"Feeling dizzy, feeling nauseous, light-headed. Those are all signs of heat exhaustion. Where you get into the difference of heat exhaustion and heat stroke is going to be your ability to sweat. If you can no longer sweat, that is a very tell-tale sign of heat stroke. All of those...none of those are good for you. Come inside, drink water," said Cherish Wood of Johnson County MED-ACT.

EMTs are prepared with bags of isotonic solution if a person needs help or is over-heated.

However, there are things you can do as well.

Stay away from drinks like Powerade and Gatorade. The sugars in them negate the hydration.

If you or your kids do not like plain water, EMTs recommend you cut the Gatorade. Take half a bottle of Gatorade and mix it with half a bottle of water. The half and half mix is better than no water at all.

The Salvation Army cooling centers are located at:

Bellefontaine Community Center, 3013 East 9th St., Kansas City, MO.

Blue Valley Community Center, 6618 East Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Westport Community Center, 500 West 39th St., Kansas City, MO.

Northland Community Center, 5306 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO.

Independence Community Center, 14700 East Truman Rd., Independence, MO.

Kansas City, Kansas Community Center, 6723 State Ave., Kansas City, KS. 

Olathe Community Center, 420 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, KS.

Southland Community Center, 6111 E. 129th St., Grandview, MO.

Excelsior Springs Community Center, 108 West Broadway St., Excelsior Springs, MO.  

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