ANDERSON, Ind. —
At Shadyside Park, Jessica Bryant and Jordan Dystra, both 17, and Skyleigh Richardson, 22, were babysitting a passel of kids who were getting as sweaty as possible on the play equipment. They had the heat under control, though.
"We bring drinks, snacks, try to stay in the shade and wear hats," said Jessica. And after taking turns at the park's drinking fountain, they prepared to take their charges on the walking trails down by the lake where they hoped it would be cooler.
The emergency room staffs at Community Hospital Anderson and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital have not reported any heat-related injuries so far this year, according to their respective spokespersons, Brandy Hill and Randy Titus.
They did, however, offer some tips for dealing with the heat such as:
- Limiting outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Drinking plenty of fluid (water is by far the preferred drink) to stay hydrated.
- Making sure to check on infants and people over 65, and those who have heart disease and high blood pressure. They are at higher risk for heat-related injuries.
- Never leave children or pets in locked cars with closed windows.
- Wear a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself.
- If you stop sweating or start feeling dizzy or overwhelmed by the heat, get to a shady or air-conditioned place. Seek medical attention if your condition doesn't improve.
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