Extreme Heat: Precautions You Need To Know
Summer is officially here and emergency personnel want to make sure people are preparing themselves to deal with extreme temperatures. Even if community members are finding ways to cool down, some people can’t believe the heat.
“It's an oh my gosh,” life guard T-ere Moore said. “It's hot, it'll drain you."
Moore said she's never dealt with heat like this.
“It's really just too hot out here."
The heat reached record levels on Saturday, but that didn't stop some people from going out to play tennis or cool off in the pool. When temperatures are this high, Capt. Richard Blair of the Macon-Bibb Fire Department said it's dangerous and people need to limit their time outdoors.
"Older people need to stay inside and if you don't have to be outside don't get outside and if you do have to get out there take frequent breaks,” Capt. Blair said. “Drink plenty of water."
Even though staying in the water might seem like a good idea, life guards said people should get out of the pool once an hour to rehydrate and cool down.
“For about 10 minutes and we make sure that the parents, keep them hydrated with water and stuff like that,” Moore said.
And people are reminded to wear lots of sunscreen. Recreational swimmer Krystal Carroll makes sure to lather her two daughters up frequently.
“Do lots of sun screening,” Carroll said. “I don't just do it once, they get in, I make sure I do it a couple times."
Whenever there is record heat, The Red Cross has safety guidelines people should follow:
1. Make sure to wear light clothing and colors that will reflect the sun.
2. Drink lots of fluids even if you're not thirsty
3. Eat small meals throughout the day
4. Don’t participate in strenuous activities.
5. Stay indoors if possible
6. If you don't have air conditioning remains on the lowest level of the house and avoid the sun.
Capt. Blair said people should also remember to keep their pets cool and bring them inside. Temperatures were so hot today summer camps including former Braves Brian Jordan and Ryan Klesko's baseball camp sent kids home early.