Beating the heat: What you need to know

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The intense heat Kentuckiana has been experiencing can be dangerous for everyone, but there are some precautions you can take.

The main thing officials stress is to drink plenty of water. But the heat may have more of an impact on you than you realize.

As sun rays beam down this week, temperatures will skyrocket.

Carrie Clemmons understands that well. She's homeless and sleeps on the streets.

"It's really hot," Clemmons said. "I try to stop by local hospitals and try to keep cool. "I stay in the parks, go in and out of the hospitals, in the waiting rooms to try to get a little air."

Dealing with the heat can be a challenge for everyone. Robin Helfers, President of Always Best Care Senior Services, says people 65 and older are at higher risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"The person may stop sweating and their skin may turn very red and their body temperature starts rising," Helfers said. "That is an emergency."

As Kentuckiana braces for week of sweltering heat, Helfers us urging people to be keep an eye on their neighbors as well as themselves.

"Make sure that, if they don't have air conditioning, that you can get them to an air conditioned place," Helfers said. "Take them to a movie, take them to the mall ... go to the library. But get out of that heat."

In Shively, an overheated ventilator motor caused a small fire at a nursing home Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Though heat wasn't a factor, PRP firefighter Major Luke Goodin says firefighters are ready for it.

"We are supposed to train and stay hydrated for these types of situations," Goodin said. "It is very hot when you are wearing bunker gear. You need to rotate crews out quicker and try to find a cool area for them."

At the kick-off for kids football camp on Springdale Road Sunday, staying cool was the name of the game as adults made sure campers had enough water.

Sunday beating the heat was on the minds of many in the Metro.

"My best advice would be to drink plenty of water," Goodin said. "Limit your outdoor activities. If you don't need to be outside, don't go outside."

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