Children vulnerable in extreme heat
Updated: 06/29/2012 08:09 PM
By: Linnie Supall
RALEIGH -- The sizzling summer is upon us and extreme heat will be seen across the state this weekend.
That means fun in the could be dangerous this weekend.
It's a family day filled with fun at the park for Libby Talley.
"If we're going to the park it's usually early in the morning before the heat sets in," said Talley.
She's getting an early start to the day with the kids knowing those temperatures are climbing fast.
"It's about being safe, having cool places your kids can play. Anywhere where they can get their energy out," said Talley.
With blistering heat reaching triple digit temperatures this weekend, Libby said she's prepared.
"The most important thing drinking lots of water and making sure water is available if you're outside," Talley said.
Staying hydrated is just one suggestion doctors are pushing this summer.
"Remember heat can be a dangerous thing," said Dr. Courtney Mann from the WakeMed Children's Emergency Department.
They're warning people especially kids and senior citizens to find their fun indoors this weekend to keep people from falling victim to heat exhaustion or even strokes.
"You have to get out of the heat. Sit in front of a fan, keep yourself cool and misted and take frequent brakes," said Dr. Mann.
As for Libby and her family, they're already playing it safe by finding cool ways to beat the heat this weekend.
"Just be careful and if it gets too hot just go to the pool," said Talley.
Never leave your children in the car alone during these hot days.
Doctors said symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, muscle cramping, and nausea.
If you feel dizzy and confused you could be having a heat stroke and should check into the emergency room right away.
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