Surviving the Scorching Heat

5/17/2008 Fresno, CA Water guns have proven to be a great way for the Quintero family to stay cool during Saturday's blazing temperatures in Roeding Park.

Denise Quintero says she wanted to celebrate her 7-year old son's birthday with the whole family but knew the main ingredient besides cake had to be water. "We're in the Zoo and we're like it's so hot! And now we're out here and its like don't wet me…ok wet me!"

At City College the Fresno Police Activities League hosted its first annual football clinic for students around town. However the heat put an early stop to the day's activities. Deputy Chief Keith Foster, Fresno Police, says "Kids are getting a great work out had some fun but it's a little warm and we don't want to get the kids exposed to heat exposure and things of that nature."

Dr. Bill Ebbeling says kids are the first ones to feel the dangerous effects of scorching heat. Ebbeling says to think of the body as a pot on the stove. "When it's off the stove it loses heat, when it's on the stove it gains heat. So when the temperature outside goes above 99 the body temperature it's on the stove, its gaining heat." And that could mean serious trouble for your health.

"The minute the temperature goes over your body temperature the heat starts going into you and puts you at risk for a heat stroke," says Dr. Ebbeling.

Dr. Ebbeling says the signs are obvious: profuse sweating, fatigue and then thirst. He says headaches can follow as well as dizziness and vomiting. All of this can lead to heat stroke and even death. Dr. Ebbeling says stay hydrated.

Or have someone dunk you. Students at Lincoln Elementary had a chance to dunk their teachers Saturday. They were trying to keep school cool.

Emergency responders tell Action News they've been sent on several heat-related calls this afternoon.

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