Lifeguards watch for heat exhaustion
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DE PERE, WI --With temperatures feeling like 105 degrees out people are looking for relief at local pools. But even though you may feel cool when spending time in the water, you're still at the same risk as everyone else for heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Lynn Bougie brings her three grandkids to the pool in De Pere for swim lessons. But not without lathering down the sunscreen first. She knows this heat can be dangerous for little kids.
"They don't know. Rexi will say grandma I'm getting a headache. And I'll say lets get some water in you" said Bougie.
After guzzling down the water, the kids get in the pool, where they're supervised by life guards, trained to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration. Kids that may look dizzy, nauseous, tired, or whose skin is turning red, are sent straight to the office to cool off.
They say the symptoms can set in within minutes, and staying hydrated is tough.
"It is very easy to forget and an hour at the pool can go by so quick," said lifeguard Mary Mohr.
The lifeguards keep plenty of water and ice packs on hand in case of heat exhaustion and if you need to step out of the sun their office is also air conditioned. And if you forgot sunscreen, don't worry they have plenty of that for you too.
And when it's this hot, life guards take extra precautions for everyone, adding more frequent safety breaks.
"They're shorter they're only ten minutes but it gets everyone out of the pool and usually they're like oh i should put on sunscreen," said Mohr.
So far, lifeguards in De Pere say there have been no heat related emergencies at the pool. Something Bougie is grateful for.
"I am quite surprised that they watch for all of that," said Bougie.