Staying Safe In The Water During Record Temps

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 6/28/2013 5:29 pm
RENO, NEV. (KRNV & Summer is in full swing, and so is the heat. The record temps have sent families racing to local pools.

"We've all been complaining about the heat, we wanted to come and stay cool," says Nate Huntsman, a parent beating the heat at Idlewild pool.

Idlewild pool usually has about 100 kids and parents come in on any given day,  that number has doubled and tripled over the past two days.

"We're always busy on the weekends, but we've noticed since the temperature has gotten warmer we have been really busy lately, yesterday was crazy," says Darcy Hecht.

Hecht is the head lifeguard at the Idlewild pool, she says she also has to be conscious of her employees in the heat.

"I write our rotations so hopefully they're up for no more than 15 to 30 minutes and then they get a breakdown for 15 minutes," says Hecht.

While the lifeguards have a close eye on the pool, it's also important for parents to keep a close eye on their kids and making sure they're drinking enough water.

"They wont feel as dehydrated, they will think they're not that bad if they're in the water. They need to remember in these hot temperatures they need to drink water so they're not dehydrated," says Hecht.

There was a safety class being held at the pool today. Kids were learning why they shouldn't run around pools, what to do if someone is drowning and why it's important to lie on their stomach if someone falls in the pool, and they go to reach it.

Hecht says it's also important be aware of surroundings at all bodies of water, not just pools

"At the lake, make sure your kids are weariing life jackets, and that they're being safe as well," says Hecht.

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