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How to beat the heat in Utica

By ANNA MEILER

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Monday was one of the hottest days of this summer. The pools are packed, but the heat can be very dangerous. Parents with little kids especially say they have a reason to be concerned.

“Of course, heat stroke and keeping the kids safe, putting sun block on them,” said Megan Borke.

While anyone can develop heat stress, young kids, senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions are especially susceptible.

“Both of my kids suffer from asthma so my biggest concern is asthma attacks and definitely heat stroke and for me sunburn,” said another concerned mother.

The lifeguards are trained to look out for heat-related illnesses and they have the same message as health experts.

“Drink lots of water, stay hydrated, just try to stay out of the sun as much as possible and if you get a chance come down the pool and jump in,” said Claudia Maccorana.

And with three free pools in Utica, it’s a great way to stay cool.

“And just have a little fun, keep them off the streets and out of trouble also,” said Chet LaConti, Assistant Recreational Director of the City of Utica.

“We usually don’t come to the pool. we usually just stay at home and try to stay in the [air conditioning] with cool wash cloths and baths and stuff. Even with the A.C. today the house was, oh my gosh, awful. We spent so much in water and Popsicles.”

And if the pool isn’t for you, there are sprinklers in parks around the city.

Public Pools in Utica:

Addison Miller (West Utica)
Buckley (East Utica)
Seymour Pool (North Utica)

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