At Work Or Play, Many Finding Ways To Stay Cool Outside

MOSCOW — The high temperatures this week could pose a threat to those taking part in outdoor activities. That’s why many who plan to be out in the sun say they’re taking precautions.

At Covington Park in Moscow, youngsters are learning the fundamentals of soccer during a week-long camp. With temperatures expected to reach the 90s, they are also learning how to play it safe in the sun.

“Iced water,” said Dylan Campbell of Scranton. “Actually bring a couple of bottles because these usually last quite a while and since we’re outside in the bright sun, it makes sense to have more than one bottle.”

“If I’m, like, running I put my hands on my head and walk a little bit,” said Alana Wright of Moscow.

“Every 20 minutes they get a good break, and about every hour, we’ll take them under there, under the pavilion, and they can just cool off,” said Coach Roger Jacobs with Riverfront Sports.

At the nearby basketball court, these friends say the high temps can’t keep them from picking up a game.

“Definitely drink a lot of fluids, water, Gatorade, anything to keep you hydrated,” said Matt Lighthizer of Madisonville.

“You make sure that you feel good when you’re playing,” said Brandon Tassey of Spring Brook Township. “I mean, if you start feeling light headed, make sure you sit down and get some water and everything.”

At the playground, Marie Sica of Moscow says she’s careful during hot weather when her children are enjoying outdoor fun.

“We do sun screen and lots of water, lots of fluid, and make sure they eat their three meals, there is a shady area, I like to go to the shade,” said Sica.

For Scranton firefighters, dealing with the heat is part of the job.

We found guys trying to stay cool, fighting an afternoon house fire on Mineral Avenue.

“What’s, it’s like 95 out?” said Asst. Chief Paul Laskowski. “We try to rotate guys a lot and naturally hydrate, like anyone else, operating in this heat.”

Laskowski says that fire broke out in the kitchen of a vacant home.

The home was left with smoke and water damage in the kitchen. The cause is under investigation.

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