Heat concerns prevalent as temperatures continue to exceed 90 degrees


BRISTOL, Tenn. - Near record high temperatures in our area is causing concern for its impact on children and elderly citizens.

"Sometimes the elderly have underlying medical conditions that make them not be able to compensate with the heat changes as well as a healthy adult," says Battalion Chief Alan Howard of the Bristol, Tennessee Fire Department.

Heat stroke is one of the most severe heat-related illnesses that can cause a person to pass out. It's also harder for children to cool down because their internal temperature regulation system is not as advanced as adults.

"Your skin is going to be very very red and you're going to stop sweating and your pulse is going to be very strong as it moves the blood through the body trying to cool the body," Battalion Chief Howard says.

Inside a car, it's even hotter; it can get up to 170-degrees sitting in direct sunlight with the windows rolled up. There's also a risk of injury on hot playground equipment. Battalion Chief Howard gauged parts of a local playground at temperatures more then 140-degrees.

Amy Edmison knows how important it is to stay safe in the heat. Not only is she a mother of two, but she's also a nurse.

"When I take them to the playground, I basically just check the slides to make sure that they're not too hot that it's not going to burn them," she says.

These nice summer days are great for spending time at the playground or taking a walk in the park, but it's important to remember how to stay safe in the heat.