Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

July 17, 2018 in Current News

The following post is from: Safety & Security

If there’s one thing consistently on the minds of every St. Louis resident right now, it has to be this summer heat!  Here in St. Louis, we are truly *blessed* to be at the meteorological crossroads of scorching Midwestern temperatures and muggy southeastern humidity.

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^We’ve probably all been in a conversation like this at some point.

Our climate here in St. Louis makes for some pretty unbearable weather in the summer months, and it’s important to make sure you, your loved ones, and your community stay safe during the hot weather.  Here are some tips to combat the danger of extreme heat:

  1. Stay Cool!
    • Seek out air conditioning (especially if your home does not have AC)
    • Avoid direct sunlight
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing if you need to go outside
    • Take cool showers or baths
    • Go for a swim (Click here for a list of city pools.)
    • Limit your time outdoors, or take frequent breaks in an air conditioned space if you must be outside
    • If you can help it, don’t rely on a fan as your primary cooling device!
  2. Stay hydrated!
    • Drink more water than you normally would
    • Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink more liquids
    • Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks
    • Make sure others are drinking enough water, too!
  3. Stay informed!
    • Check local news or set alerts on your phone’s weather app for excessive heat watches and warnings (I personally use The Weather Channel’s app, but there are many other options available)
    • Learn how to recognize signs of heat related illnesses (see the graphic below).

Did you know extreme heat causes more deaths every year than hurricanes, lightning, floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes combined?  These deaths are 100% preventable, so it’s a good idea to recognize the warning signs of heat illness and how to treat them.  Pay especially close attention to friends, family, and neighbors who are under age 4, over age 65, have existing medical problems such as heart disease, and/or do not have access to air conditioning in their home!  These groups are at higher risk for heat related illnesses than the general population

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If you have questions or concerns about heat related illnesses, always contact a medical professional for the best advice.  




Bike Safety

May 25, 2018 in Current News

The following post is from: Safety & Security

St. Louis now has not one, but two bike shares! Bike riding is becoming more convenient and more popular in the city. This is great because bikes are more affordable than cars, better for the environment than cars, and help get people moving! But unfortunately bike safety is something that is often overlooked. Many people assume that because bikes do not move as fast as cars that they’re safer or that it’s not worth the effort to follow bike safety. However, we know that most bike accidents do not occur when a car hits a bike. We also know that children are more likely to suffer an injury on a bike because they aren’t following safety rules. So, here’s some quick safety tips for riding a bike. You can find more information about bike injuries and safety on the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Website.


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Neighbors Naturescaping

May 2, 2018 in Current News

The following post is from: Safety & Security

Check out the Neighbors Naturescaping Kick-Off Meeting on May 16th at 5:30 pm. It is hosted by Bright Side St. Louis, a volunteer organization at 4646 Shenandoah Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110. You can click here for directions.

This program is available to local community native gardens, neighborhood associations, community groups, block units, nonprofits, and schools. Learn how to apply for up to $1,500 for native perennials, grasses, shrubs, trees, and bulbs, as well as hardscape materials and gardening tools.

Coffee Talk

May 2, 2018 in Current News

The following post is from: Safety & Security

This reoccurring event is facilitated by local law enforcement. Tomorrow’s event will be in Forest Park Southeast. You can click here for directions.

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License Plate Tag Theft, Part 2

March 29, 2018 in Current News

The following post is from: Safety & Security

A little over a year ago, another intern here wrote a great post about what to do if your license plate, or the tag on your plate, get stolen. You can check out that post by clicking here.

Unfortunately FPSE has been getting reports again that license plate tags are being stolen. A member of the community reported that it looks like someone went up and down an alley near Arco & Gibson and took the tags off every vehicle they could. So, here’s what you can do:

First and foremost, check your car. See if your tags are up to date and still on your vehicle.

If your tag is stolen, please contact the police. If you are ticketed for expired plates, filing a report that your tags are stolen can prevent a $100 fine from the city.

If your tag is stolen, and you have contacted the police, order new tags. If you can, order these “enhanced” tags that make it more difficult for people to steal. If your tags are about to expire, you will be getting these enhanced tags when you go to the DMV. If you want these tags now, they are about $12 ($8.50 plus a $3.50 fee).

If your tag is not stolen, consider replacing the tags with the enhanced tag version. If you cannot afford to do that, here’s another tip: score the tag on your plates with a sharp knife, razor, X-Acto knife, or something similar. This makes it more difficult for people to pull off without ripping the tag into pieces. The downside is that that tactic works best when it’s the only tag on your plate. If you have a bunch of tags on top of each other, the tags could simply fall off.

Consider parking elsewhere. Park your car in a public-viewing area, garage, where a camera points at it, or where a neighbor can keep an eye on it. Dark, quiet alleys that get almost no foot traffic are a higher risk because the thieves know they do not have to worry about witnesses and have access to many cars at once.

I have one last bit of advice for you – How to correctly install a license plate tag:

  1. Remove previous tag(s)
  2. Clean the area with a paper towel and some cleaning agent
    1. glass cleaner works well, so do disinfectant wipes
  3. let the area dry or wipe down with a dry cloth, otherwise the adhesive might not stick to the plate
  4. add the new sticker
    1. if this is the enhanced version, you’re done!
    2. if this is the normal version, score the sticker with a knife and you’re good to go!