How the Kansans are preparing and preparing for summer
WICHITA, Kansas (KSNW) – Kansas is heating up. As we move into the hot summer days, health officials are urging the Kansans to take precautions.
If you went to Riverside Park on Thursday the temperatures were high and so were the spirits. “It’s hot and humid, but we’re enjoying the good weather and the kids are having fun,” said Renee Davidson, a mother from Wichita.
Dozens of parents and their children spent their day in the park and in the paddling pool. While you’re on the go, Davidson said there are a few things to keep in mind.
“Make sure you get them before you go, make sure they’re all strapped in for extra security, and make sure you don’t leave them in a hot car,” Davidson said.
“At 95 degrees, in 10 minutes, the temperature inside a vehicle can easily reach 130 degrees or more and small children are not able to regulate their bodies like adults do,” said Shawn Steward. , a representative of AAA.
In 2019, 53 children died across the country after being left in a hot car. While 2020 has seen 25 deaths, Steward said he expects it to be just because fewer people are traveling.
“Last year was obviously different because of COVID, fewer people driving, fewer people in their vehicles, so we think it was an anomaly,” he said.
The hope is that no child will be left behind, so the hot summer days will be memorable for the right reasons.
If you walked through downtown this is where you would find Arturo Ray, the owner of U Hungry Truck. He was parked in front of the town hall. When it comes to that hot, humid weather, food isn’t the only thing to cook.
“We have the air conditioning on right now and it’s like two kids in the window with a fan and we still can’t smell it and we’re doing our best in the heat,” Ray said.
The same goes for people walking in the city center. The Wichitans said sweating was something many had in common, but so was the need for water.
When the days get this hot, Victoria Chandler of Ascension Via Christi urges the Kansans to take water to avoid heat exhaustion. “One of the signs of heat exhaustion is just fatigue, stomach cramps, not feeling well – so when that happens, tell someone, take a break, drink water, come in and cool off, ”she said.
Chandler said that while you don’t think you need to drink more water, you should probably drink more water.
Although this summer heat is only the beginning, you have to prepare for it. “As the days go by, we’ll take it one day at a time,” Ray said.