Keep Safe in the Heat

With the heat index climbing this weekend it’s important to step back and see what needs to be done to stay safe during the summer. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are at a greater risk for heat-related illnesses.



  • Never Leave a Child (or pet) In The Car – A car intensifies the temperature of the outside, acting like an oven. The interior can reach extremely dangerous temperatures in mere minutes, topping out well over 140 degrees. 


  • Stay Hydrated – While a cold soda or sports drink might sound good on a hot day they can actually dehydrate you. Water is the best option to stay hydrated when it gets hot out. If you want to add a little flavor try slicing some fruit and adding it to the water. Dehydration can lead to lightheadedness, headaches, and greater susceptibility to other heat relate problems which can be fatal. 
  • Know the Signs – Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and get out of the heat and take care of yourself.



Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion may develop suddenly or over time, especially with prolonged periods of exercise. Possible heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include:


Heatstroke signs and symptoms include:

  • High body temperature. A core body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher, obtained with a rectal thermometer, is the main sign of heatstroke.
  • Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
  • Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel dry or slightly moist.
  • Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
  • Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
  • Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
  • Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
  • Headache. Your head may throb.” –
  1. Find a Place to Stay Cool – There are cooling centers available throughout the region

Scott County

Benton Riverside Regional Library 

North 54 Winchester, Benton,  MO 63736

Phone: 573-545-3581            

Hours: Mon, Tue and Fri – 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Wed – 9:00am to 6:00pm

Sat – 8:00am to 12:00pm (noon)

Thu and Sun – Closed


Chaffee Library

202 Wright Avenue, Chaffee,  MO 63740

Phone: 573-887-3298                

Hours: Mon-Fri – 10:00am to 6:00pm (closed for lunch 12:30pm to 1:30pm)

Sat – 10:00am to 1:00pm


Chaffee Oaks Senior Center 

800 South Main, Chaffee,  MO 63740

Phone: 573-887-3600                

Hours: Mon- Fri – 7:00am to 3:00pm


Scott City Branch Library

 2108 Main Street, Scott City,  MO 63780

Phone: 573-264-2413                

Hours: Mon, Thu and Fri 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Tue and Wed 11:00am to 6:00pm

Sat 9:00am to 1:00pm


Scott City Oaks Senior Center 

132 West Hickory Street, Scott City,  MO 63780

Phone: 573-264-3402                

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am to 2:30pm 

Senior Center is closed whenever Scott City Schools or Cape Girardeau Schools are closed


Scott County Health Department 

102 Grove Estates Court, Sikeston,  MO 63801

Phone: 573-471-4044                

Hours: Mon – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Tue-Fri – 8:00am to 4:00pm


Sikeston Oaks Senior Center 

305 Cresap, Sikeston,  MO 63801

Phone: 573-471-6047                

Hours: Mon-Fri – 7:00am to 4:00pm


Sikeston Public Library 

121 East North Street, Sikeston,  MO 63801

Phone: 573-471-4140                

Hours: Mon-Thu – 10:00am to 8:00pm 

Fri – 10:00am to 6:00pm

Sat – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sun – 1:00pm to 5:00pm 


Mississippi County

Charleston Oaks Senior Center 

205 West Commercial, Charleston,  MO 63834

Phone: 573-683-6115                

Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am to 4:00pm


Clara Drinkwater Newnam Library 

105 East Marshall Street, Charleston,  MO 63834

Phone: 573-683-6748                

Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri 8:00am to 5:30pm

Wed 8:00am to 7:00pm

Sat 9:00am to 4:00pm


East Prairie Senior Oaks Center 

304 East Main, East Prairie,  MO 63845

Phone: 573-649-5805                

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:00pm


Mississippi County Health Department 

1200 East Marshall, Charleston,  MO 63834

Phone: 573-683-2191                

Hours: Mon-Fri – 8:00am to 4:30pm


New Madrid County

Matthews Branch Library

105 West Maint Street, Matthews,  MO 63867

Phone: 573-379-3583

Hours: Tues and Fri 12:00pm( noon) to 4:00pm


Morehouse Branch Library 

204 West Beech Street, Morehouse,  MO 63868

Phone: 573-379-3583                

Hours: Tues and Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm


New Madrid County Health Department 

406 US Highway 61, New Madrid,  MO 63869

Phone: 573-748-5541                

Hours: Mon-Fri – 8:00am to 4:30pm


New Madrid County Library 

309 East Main Street, Portageville,  MO 63873

Phone: 573-379-3583                

Hours: Mon-Fri – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Sat – 9:00am to 12:00pm (noon)


New Madrid Oaks Senior Center 

925 Pinell Avenue, New Madrid,  MO 63869

Phone: 573-748-2577                

Hours: Mon-Fri – 7:00am to 4:00pm


Parma Branch Library 

205 North Broad Street, Parma,  MO 63870

Phone: 573-379-3583                

Hours: Tues and Fri 1:00pm – 5:00pm


Portageville Oaks Senior Center 

105 East Main Street, Portageville,  MO 63873

Phone: 573-379-3811                

Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am to 2:30pm

Meal served Mon-Fri – 11:00am to 12:30pm


Rhodes Memorial Library 

303 North Main Street, Gideon,  MO 63848

Phone: 573-448-3554                

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Tue and Thu 8:00am to 5:00pm


Dunklin County

Campbell Branch Library 

404 West Grand Avenue, Campbell,  MO 63933

Phone: 573-246-2112                

Hours: Mon – Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Cardwell Branch Library 

110 North Main. Cardwell,  MO 63829

Phone: 573-654-3366                

Hours: Mon, Wed and Thu 12:00pm (noon) to 5:00pm

Tue 9:00am to 2:00pm

Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Clarkton Branch Library

113 South Main Street, Clarkton,  MO 63837

Phone: 573-448-3803                

Hours: Mon – Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Dunklin County Health Department

410 Teaco Road, Kennett,  MO 63857

Phone: 573-888-9008

Hours: Mon-Fri – 8:00am to 4:30pm


Dunklin County Library

208 North Main Street, Kennett,  MO 63857

Phone: 573-888-3561

Hours: Mon – Sat 8:30am to 5:30pm


Holcomb Branch Library

212 West Main, Holcomb,  MO 63852

Phone: 573-792-3268

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Hornersville Branch Library

502 School Street, Hornersville,  MO 63855

Phone: 573-737-2728

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Kennett Oaks Senior Center

900 Kennett Street, Kennett,  MO 63857

Phone: 573-888-9852

Hours: Mon-Fri – 7:00am to 2:00pm


Malden Branch Library

113 North Madison Street, Malden,  MO 63863

Phone: 573-276-3674

Hours: Mon – Sat 8:30am to 5:30pm


Malden Nutrition Center

117 East Main Street, Malden,  MO 63863

Phone: 573-276-3266

Hours: Mon-Fri – 7:00am to 3:00pm


Senath Branch Library

108 North Main Street, Senath,  MO 63876

Phone: 573-738-2363

Hours: Mon – Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Pemiscot County

Caruthersville Oaks Senior Center

1105 Carleton, Caruthersville,  MO 63830

Phone: 573-333-2382

Hours: Mon-Fri – 7:30am to 2:30pm


Caruthersville Public Library

707 West 13th Street, Caruthersville,  MO 63830

Phone: 573-333-2480

Hours: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 9:30am-5:30pm

Tue 9:30am to 7:30pm

Sat 9:30am to 1:30pm

Sun 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Hayti Conran Memorial Library

302 East Main Street, Hayti,  MO 63851

Phone: 573-359-0599

Hours: Mon-Fri – 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon) and 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Hayti Oaks Senior Center

600 East Washington Street, Hayti,  MO 63851

Phone: 573-359-1148

Hours: Mon-Fri 6:00am to 1:00pm


Pemiscot County Health Center

810 E Reed St, Hayti,  MO 63851

Phone: 573-359-1656

Hours: Mon-Fri – 8:00am to 4:30pm


Steele Public Library

108 East Main Street, Steele,  MO 63877

Phone: 573-695-3561

Hours: Mon-Thu 9:00am to 4:30pm


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