Hazelwood Fire Chief Radel's Tips for Beating the Heat
With temperatures reaching 108 degrees possibly on Thursday, Hazelwood's fire chief gives some advice on staying safe and healthy through this string of heat.
The last a severe heat wave in St. Louis, it was 1980. Still, it can't be compared to this weekend because it was the middle of July when the temperature reached 107.
When you step outside Thursday, the heat may make you believe it's August, but it's not.
The most positive words to describe Thursday's heat is the fact it will be dry heat instead of humid heat.
With the National Weather Service predicting up to 108 degrees of heat, Hazelwood Fire Chief, Dave Radel, spoke with Hazelwood Patch (HP) to give Hazelwood residents a few tips on staying safe.
HP: When should people attempt to go outside?
Radel: The worst hours are during the daylights hours so be sure to stay out of the sun. Take frequent breaks if working outside and stay in the AC. If you don’t have AC try to get to a cooling center or at the least, have a fan blowing in front of you.
HP: Are Hazelwood Firefighters Ready for the weekend calls?
Radel: Yes. So far we haven’t had any heat related ambulance or fire calls. I’m knocking on wood as I say this to you (HP), but Thursday will be the big day with temperatures I hear reaching up to 108 degrees.
HP: What's the biggest tip for staying safe?
Radel: The most important tip I can give is to check on your neighbors. No one knows the people in your community like you because you live next to them. You know those who are more susceptible to issues in this heat. If you uncover someone having heat related issues call 911 and we’ll take it from there.
HP: Any additional advice for keeping cool?
Radel: Wear loose-fitted clothing. Cotton is better because it's more absorbent. Drink plenty of water and less caffeine or alcohol. Just remember it's hot so don't try to overdo it on exercising or day-to-day activities. Take the heat seriously.