Cooling Centers Open
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:02:29 GMT — Kansas City health officials have confirmed the first heat-related death of the year in Missouri.Health officials said a woman, 66, died of heat-related causes today.The Jackson County medical examiner is also investigating the death of a man, 41, as possibly heat-related.As the heat index reaches 100 degrees this weekend, Boone County health officials want to remind everyone of the many dangers posed by summer weather.Cities, like Columbia and Jefferson City, offer cooling centers to help beat the heat.Boone County Health Department Spokeswoman Geni Alexander said, â??If you get uncomfortable in your home when its 80 degrees, then go to the cooling center. If you get uncomfortable when itâ??s 95 degrees, go to the cooling centers. Those cooling centers are places of business that are open throughout the year. We encourage people to take advantage of them whenever they feel uncomfortable in their own home.â??For a list of cooling centers in your community, contact your local health department.