Scorcher, heat wave, dog day. Whatever the description, Monday was hot, and, Happy Sleeper, 5, had the solution.
“It’s a great day for the pool,” she said, as her mother, Sarah, and three siblings prepared for a dip at the William E. “Bunny” Davis Recreational Complex pool.
"Drink lots of water and get someplace cool," said Brad Ellis, Boyle County Emergency Medical Services director.
He said EMS has not responded to any heat-related calls this summer, but typically fields a few each year during heat waves lasting a week or longer.
Highs are forecast in the lower 90s today, and the heat index is expected to be between 100 and 105 in the afternoon. Forecasts call for the current stretch of sky-high temperatures to ease with wet weather tonight and Wednesday, so Ellis doesn't expect an influx of calls.
However, the dispatch center for Garrard and Lincoln counties received a couple of calls about weakness and dizziness due to overheating Monday, and Ellis urges anyone working outside to take numerous breaks in the shade.
He said the most common heat-related aliments include dehydration and respiratory problems for seniors.
To guard against such symptoms, Boyle Emergency Management Agency Director Lennie Shepperson suggested older residents without air conditioning visit local businesses like Walmart to cool off and recommended everyone increase daily fluids.
“Stay out of the heat as much as you can,” he said.
However, one group eagerly swarmed into sweltering temperatures Monday morning and evening.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s dead period — which banned coaching, training and practice beginning June 25 — ended Monday, and athletes headed outside for fall sports.
Lisa Fisher, athletic trainer for the Danville school system, said temperatures were within KHSAA guidelines Monday morning for soccer pratice, but the heat index measured 107 at 7 p.m. so football practice was canceled.
If the heat index reaches 104 degrees, KHSAA prohibits teams from practicing outside, she said.
If heat exceeds 95 degrees, teams have mandated water breaks every 30 minutes, and if the heat index is 100-103 degree, teams can only practice without equipment.
“That really effects football because there’s not a lot they can do without helmets,” she said.
Fisher said she closely monitors practices early in the season to ensure players don’t overdo it their first few times out.
“It concerns me because I know that these young kids aren’t out conditioning all summer, and they’re going to come out here and give it their all,” she said. “That sets up conditions for heat exhaustion and other heat-related issues.”
But, by restricting exercise to times near sunrise and sunset, drinking extra water and taking frequent breaks, high school athletes and adult residents should be able to beat the heat, she said.