HEAT SAFETY: How kids stay safe outside as temperatures rise
Beating the heat seems simple enough, just jump in the pool and cool off. But for year-round schools, camps, and day-cares, the heat can really throw a wrench in the summer fun.
Staff at Siskin Children’s Institute say they’ve already been dealing with rising temperatures.
"Yesterday I knew I was going to have to close the playground at like 11:30 because it was already 95,” Siskin receptionist Catherine Crain said of one recent day.
Crain says at Siskin, as soon as the heat index hits 95, they have to close down the playground, which isn't always a popular decision among the kids.
“It’s a resounding 'aww,' they're definitely not thrilled,” Crain said. “And I have to be the one that tells them. I don't know if they completely understand but they get hot too."
Staff at Saint Nicholas’ summer camp tell me they have a similar policy. At a heat index of 95, outside time is limited. At 100 degrees, they go on a heat lockdown.
Siskin tries to beat the heat with other fun indoor activities, like scavenger hunts and anything with water. Crain says still, they always try and make sure kids get some safe outdoor time before the afternoon.
“When it gets up into the 90's, but maybe not maxing out at the 95 degrees, then that's when they'll probably limit it to 15 minutes,” Crain said.
Crain says safety is always the first thing on her mind, so as summer wears on, she keeps an eye on the temps.
“Just making sure they're not getting overheated. And then also, with safety in mind, making sure they're having a fun time,” Crain said.
The staff at Saint Nicholas, like Siskin, says water is a big part of their heat plan. That means pool time, sprinklers and drinking lots of water.