Staying Safe in the Heat

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

It may have felt hot Monday, but it is not the hottest it has ever been in our area on Memorial Day. Just last year, it hit 94 degrees.

Velma Heisey picnics in the park with her family every year and she remembered times when it was much hotter.

"When we got here and there was a breeze, I didn't think it was as hot as some of the other summers we've had. But, it's hot enough," said Heisey.

Evelyn Dechauny was exercising before indulging for the holiday and she tried everything she could to fight the heat.

"We parked in the shade today,” said Dechauny. “We ended up opening up the car before we got in, to let all the hot air out, so you don't get blasted by that."

Staying in the shade is really important on a hot day. It can make a huge difference.

Charles Fleis came to the park to walk his dog and he said the hot weather affected his plans.

"It keeps me inside a little bit more and in the shade,” said Fleis. “Rather than walking out in the open part of the park, I go in the woods, take the dog there, keeps both of us cooler."

With all that fur in this heat, his dog might be the toughest one of all. Fleis has a little trick he uses to cool her down.

"She's handling it pretty well. She was a little hot so I had to give her a drink out of the water fountain. But she likes to chase squirrels, so she's content."

Staying hydrated in the sun is key and frozen treats do not hurt either. Even with all these sharp neighbors ideas, it was still very hot outside.

"It was awful,” said Dechauny. “The reason that we came here is that it's shaded, as opposed being on the road in direct sun. So, it was nice being in the park, but it's still really, really warm."

The area hit 90-degrees Monday. With the humidity, it felt even hotter but the record was set in 1914 at 97-degrees.


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