Play it safe when it comes to triple-digit heat

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 7:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY.(WHAS11) --“It’s record breaking, widespread, and downright hot,” Mason said while getting wet at the Waterfront Splash Park.

Aspiring meteorologist Mason hit it on the nose. He, along with hundreds of other kids, found the perfect place to beat the heat, but not everyone is so lucky, predominantly adults.

Working in the heat takes a toll and in these blistering temperatures, plenty of water is imperative.

“You need about 8 glasses of water a day,” Channa Newman with the Louisville Water Company said.

The Louisville Water Company served ice cold tap water to people downtown Thursday, fighting the heat one glass of water at a time.

“If you’re thirsty, that’s probably a sign that you’re already on the way to dehydration,” Newman said.

Staying physically active in triple-digit weather can be difficult as well; the risk of heat exhaustion is high. Personal trainer Patrick Mahoney said it’s still OK to venture outdoors, but scheduling your workout is key.

“If you’re going to be working out outside, try to do it in the morning or in the evening. Avoid working out in the peak hours of the day,” Mahoney said.

It’s important to be wise in the heat whether you’re playing, working, or working out.

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