Wichita families prepare for extreme heat by finding ways to stay cool

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WICHITA, Kansas — The Wichita area is expected to see temperatures in the 90s and the soaring temperatures are just a reminder of the dangers of heat related illnesses.

Harvest Park Pool on the city’s west side is where we found Josh Tucker Sunday afternoon.

Tucker brought his three little girls to the pool to enjoy a day of swimming.

It’s just one of several things his family is doing this summer to stay cool.

“Just coming to the pools on the weekend and my wife will bring them a couple of days during the week and let them cool off for a couple of hours,” said Josh Tucker.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment points out if you’re going to be out and about this summer remember to keep these tips in mind to prevent a heat-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of water because that’s going to keep you hydrated.
  • If you have to be out in the sun for a long time then take short breaks.
  • Try to do things earlier in the day before it gets hot or later in the evening when it cools down.

In addition to going swimming, families could also go for walks at the park.

“We had ice-cream on our way into the park today,” said Cathy Owens. “The ice-cream truck was out there.”

Owens tell KSN News her family also keeps the A.C. unit turned on at home. It can be costly, but is much needed during the summer.

A local church pastor is hoping to keep his members happy by taking indoor activities and programs outside.

“It does affect us, but we let people know that Christ is coming soon,” said Pastor Miguel Sanchez. “It’s going to get hotter down there.”

But no matter how you decide to stay cool this summer, health experts say, don’t forget to put on your sunscreen and drink plenty of water.


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