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Firefighters responding to a call in Park Hills, Missouri got more than they bargained for when they found a marijuana growing operation in the basement. The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that emergency crews were called to the home when the resident's mother fell asleep with a lit cigarette, catching her mattress on fire. This happened early Saturday morning. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they searched the home and reportedly found about 20 plants, as well as lighting and watering equipment in the basement. Formal charges have not yet been filed.
The first heat-related death in St. Louis County has been confirmed. A 65-year-old Ferguson woman was found dead yesterday...her air conditioner was not working. In addition to the death, nine people have been treated for heat-related illnesses, and one has been hospitalized. A heat advisory remains in effect for the St. Louis area until 7:00pm on Saturday.
Whenever temperatures rise above 95 degrees, the Saint Louis County Department of Health recommends the following:
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Spend as little time as possible in the sun and keep activity levels to a minimum.
Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, especially those without sugar or caffeine.
Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.
Eat light, easily-digested foods, avoiding hot, heavy, or greasy meals.
Be sure not to leave food unrefrigerated for long – food spoils rapidly in the heat.
Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or able to react accordingly –especially young children and the elderly. Check on your neighbors and relatives if they may be vulnerable or do not have air conditioning.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for him or her immediately.
Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin, and normally sweating stops. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is life threatening!
The Missouri Department of Transportation is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Motorist Assist, which helps stranded drivers on Missouri's roads and highways.
Last year Motorist Assist handled around 37,000 incidents, including more than 8,000 abandoned vehicles, 7,700 mechanical repairs and around 5,500 tire changes.
A typical Motorist Assist driver will cover about 200 miles per shift. Primary duties include securing the scene, assisting emergency personal, and taking care of the stranded drivers.
Drivers who have been helped by Motorist Assist can thank the operators in person tonight as MoDOT hosts an open house on from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Motorist Assist station at 669 Salt Mill Road, in Chesterfield.