WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The temperatures are on the rise as we continue to have highs in the 90s this week. But if you factor in the humidity, temperatures actually feel like they are near 100 degrees.
Despite the heat, many are still enjoying outdoor activities — like going to parks or to pools. Katherine Coty is a Benton County resident who likes to visit Columbian Park in Lafayette. She enjoys sitting outside in the shade for hours at a time.
“This is the ultimate,” said Coty. “This is relaxing. This is my way of doing nothing after working hard.”
However, Coty said she is always prepared to endure the summer heat.
“I drink plenty of fluid,” said Coty. “We brought our water.”
West Lafayette Fire Sgt. Keith Barker said water is the most important item to have if you plan on being outside. He said it is important to stay away from caffeinated or sugary drinks.
“The caffeine drinks will, in all reality, dehydrate you faster than water would,” said Barker.
He also suggests wearing light and loose clothing to help stay cool.
“If you do not need to be outside for a long period of time, don’t do it,” said Barker. “If you have to work in this kind of environment take a lot of breaks.”
Barker said the largest threats include getting heat exhaustion and eventually heat stroke. He said a few symptoms of heat stroke include muscle cramps, a flushed face and nausea.
“If you stop sweating when you are in a high heat environment like this, you are in danger of a heat stroke situation,” said Barker.
If you believe someone has heat stroke, Barker said take them inside and wipe them down with cool, wet rags to lower their temperature.
He also suggests wearing sunblock to help avoid sunburns.