Metro Atlanta deals with hot hot heat

ATLANTA -- On Friday, the sun sizzled, and people in metro Atlanta felt the scorch.

"Any time we're going to get over 90 degrees, it's serious," explained Josh Guerrieri of FitWit.

His experience training outdoors has shown him firsthand the dangers of heat exposure,

"Fatigue, dehydration, light headedness -- you can become glassy-eyed and you can get heat stroke," he warned.

"It limits my job. It's tough not only on me but for the dogs that I'm training," said Justin Hall of Atlanta Dog Wizard.

Canine concentration lags in hot temps the same way it does in people. However most of us aren't walking around on burning concrete. A surface thermometer showed the temp rocket from 86 over the grass to more than 100 degrees over concrete.

With thermometers climbing, the best protection is chugging water for you.

"You're going to want to get 100 ounces of water," Guerrieri said.

Aly Moler, co-owner of The Ice Cream Bar, has a different take on hot weather. She sees a spike in sales when the sun is sizzling.

"The weather is important to the ice cream business for sure," she said.

Children's Heathcare of Atlanta is adamant about child safety during the summer. It offers safety tips during for warm weather days at


It recommends the following:

· Know Signs of Heat-Related Illness - Symptoms of heat illness include: Cramps; very high body temperature; red, hot, dry skin (athlete is not sweating) or heavy sweating; rapid pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea/vomiting; confusion; loss of consciousness; paleness.

· Stay Hydrated - Drink plenty of fluids during vigorous or outdoor activities (including sunbathing), especially on hot days. Drinks of choice include water and sports drinks; avoid alcohol and fluids with caffeine such as tea, coffee and cola, as these can lead to dehydration.

· Dress to Protect - Dress your child in light-colored, lightweight, tightly-woven, loose-fitting clothing on hot days. Protect children from the sun by having them wear a hat and sunglasses and by using an umbrella. Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15.

· Schedule Around the Heat - Plan vigorous activity and sports for cooler times of the day. Take rest periods in shady or cool areas. Increase time spent outdoors gradually to get your child's body used to the heat. Try to spend as much time indoors as possible on very hot and humid days.

· The Importance of Cooling Off - Teach children to take frequent drink breaks and "wet down" or mist themselves with a spray bottle to avoid becoming overheated.

· Car Safety - Do not leave children unattended in a hot automobile.

· Exercise Safety - Teach children to warm-up and cool-down before and after exercising.

· Be Prepared - If your child has a medical condition or is taking medication, consult your child's physician for further advice for preventing heat-related illnesses.

· At Risk - Those at risk for heat-related illness are children and adolescents who are out-of-shape or children who may need time to get acclimated to the heat.


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