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Emergency officials stress heat safety as temps stay in the 90s
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - For the third day in a row in Central New York, temperatures rose into the 90s, making the heat wave official and some people unfortunately succumbed to the heat.
The Utica Fire Department answered a call for heat stroke mid-afternoon Friday on Dwyer Ave. A pregnant woman, possibly dehydrated, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Utica Fire Officials say that, even when the call isn't heat-related, when it is this hot out, some friendly advice is usually part of the treatment.
"If they look like they're not taking care of themselves properly, we'll give them a little bit of advice, make sure they stay hydrated, stay in the cool areas, stay out of the direct sunlight," says UFD Captain Anthony Zumpano.
One couple found themselves in trouble with the law, charged with endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly leaving two eight-year-olds in a car in the Hannaford parking lot in East Utica, unattended, for 15 minutes on Thursday - the hottest day of the year at 99 degrees, with a heat index ranging from 105-110 degrees.
Both the Utica Police Department and WKTV Facebook pages were flooded with dozens of comments about the incident.