The heat and you, staying safe
Scorching temperatures across East Tennessee are topping out in the mid 90's with the heat index at 100 degrees, it can feel much like an oven outside. Chattanooga's high was 96, Tuesday.
"Yea we're hoping it cools down soon," said mother Laini Huffine. Huffine had plans for a play-date Tuesday, 5 minutes in the heat and her kids are ready to go.
"They are all kind of hanging out in the shade or on the benches right now because they're already a little hot," said Huffine. "We've been having to keep them cool and had to get the water bottles out already."
Channel 3 tested playground equipment with a thermometer gun to see just how hot the surface temperature can get. The plastic slide read 127 degrees, the swing set out in the sun read 125 degrees. and the ground made of rubber read 150 degrees.
"You need to use extreme caution when on a playground, when they're touching things for the first time because it could lead to a first degree burn, if not a 2nd degree burn," said clinical educator Jason Clark, Erlanger Life Force.
Clark tells Channel 3 Erlanger's Life Force has already flown a few heat related illnesses this week.
"Staying hydrated is the most important, drink plenty of water, stay in the shade if you don't have to go outside, don't go outside," said Clark. There is a cooling shelter at the Salvation Army for the homeless. low income families can also get a free box fan and help with their utility bills through their "Beat the Heat" Campaign.
"These temperatures are life threatening, folks need to get out of the heat go in some place that is cool," said Kimberly George, Salvation Army.
-Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, if you must be outdoors
SEEK HELP IF:
- You experience heavy sweating partnered with weakness, nausea or vomiting, fainting
- You experience high body temperature (above 103 degrees)
- You experience possible unconsciousness