ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — St. Louis City Health Officials have confirmed the death of a 52-year-old woman last month was due to the excessive heat.
She was found unresponsive June 7th in her home in the 4100 block of Iowa.
A thermostat in the house read 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The home’s air conditioner is reported to be in working condition, but was not turned on.
“This is a very dangerous time for many of our residents,” said Interim City Health Director Pamela Walker. “Residents need to turn on their air conditioning or seek refuge in an air-conditioned environment. Residents who do not have an air conditioner or need energy assistance should call the United Way at 1-800-427-4626 or at 211 from a land line.” There is also a list of cooling centers locations online.
Its the City’s first death the second for the area. The Madison County Coroner announced the death of a 51-year-old Granite City man Sunday. His air conditioner apparently stopped working, along with chronic medical problems that placed him at higher risk for heat-related illness.
While these extremely hot temperatures can be dangerous for all individuals, seniors are often more at risk to heat stress because they don’t adjust as well to extreme temperature changes. This week’s forecast prolonged excessive heat is especially dangerous to seniors and individuals with underlying medical issues. Furthermore, many seniors have medical conditions or take medicines that may impact their ability to adjust to heat, which increases their risk of heat stress.
“This is an excellent time to be a good neighbor,” added Mayor Slay. “Make sure everyone – especially children, seniors, and pets – is keeping cool. If you know an individual who has an air conditioner but you cannot hear it running, please encourage them to turn it on.”
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