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How Locals are Dealing with Intense Summer Heat
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on July 19, 2013 @ 7:08PM
Created on July 19, 2013 @ 5:31PM

While it may have started out as a rainy summer, the heat is now in full swing. Temperatures in our area this week reached as high as 90 degrees.

While a sunny, hot day may be a great day to hit the pool, it's very important to make sure you're taking steps to protect your health during a heat wave.

"It's horrible, crazy weather this year," said Harrison County resident Jeffrey Merriner. 

This was the reaction from many people about this week's sky high temperatures. Many people said they had to rely on air conditioning, and fans to get them through.

Harrison County resident Tasha Chipps said, "I usually stay in the house with the air conditioner, or either go to the pool, swim. I drink a lot of fluids."

"I try to stay hydrated, and in the shade as much as I can," Harrison County resident Justin Merritt said.

Not only is it important to keep hydrated, but to protect your skin as well, or there could de disastrous results.

Chipps also said, "My friend, when we went to Wave Tek in Fairmont, he had really bad sun poisoning on his legs, and he had to go to the hospital."

While the heat wave left a lot of people feeling uncomfortable, it gave some businesses a huge burst of activity.

Julia Vandenberg, one of the managers at the Clarksburg Splash Zone Pool, said, "The pool is a great spot to cool off. We have a little something for everybody. It's been packed all week. We've definitely been enjoying the good weather."

Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to beat the heat. Otherwise, having a heat stroke could be a very real possibility. 

Harrison County resident Charles Cutlip said, "Better watch out because you could have a heat stroke. I saw a boy trimming grass around the VA Park, and got really sick the other day. He said he had a bad headache, and I told him he should just go home."

Some experts recommend that if you want to cool down quickly, to place a cool, wet washcloth on areas like your chest, wrists or neck.

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