Residents doing what they can to handle high temperatures


Air temperatures reached the mid-90's Friday in Wichita and if you include the heat index they reached around 100 degrees.

The sun beamed down on the pop up park in downtown Wichita as event organizers and food truck owners prepared for final Friday events in the area. One food truck owner said his doesn't have any conditioning either.

"It's a 400 degree grill so it's 100 degrees probably," said Shea West, owner of the Kind Cravings food truck. "120 degrees in there all the time, maybe even 130."

He said in the past he has had to close his food truck before because it gets too hot. However, today wasn't one of those days, so he said he did what he could to stay hydrated.

"I'm just managing, lots of water," he said.

Some people have to use the shade to stay cool, others just stay indoors. Some went to their public pool to swim, but even at the pool people are staying aware of what the heat can do.

"Gotta watch my kids like a hawk because you never know what could happen," said Erica Guzman, a Wichita resident at a public pool. "In the blink of an eye something could happen always make sure you have your kids with you at all times."

She said she always watches her two young children play when it's hot outside. Getting in the pool can make some feel like they're safe from the heat, but according to Sedgwick County EMS that isn't true.

"You're in the pool, you're feeling great, you're nice and cool," said Shannon Reed, a captain at Sedgwick County EMS. "However, you're still sweating so you're still losing that water and stuff."

Even when at the pool she said her rule of thumb is to drink half one's body weight in water in ounces, while drinking an equal or lesser amount in something like Gatorade for electrolytes. However, with it being summer, Reed said the heat exhaustion calls have been rolling in.

"We have definitely seen our fair share of heat related calls thus far," Reed said.

Since this heat isn't going anywhere according to weekend forecasts, Reed said she isn't expecting that to change.

"Of course it's only going to get worse," she said.

According to Reed, she said people should check on the elderly because they can become dehydrated faster than others. Also, she said staying hydrated, using sun screen and going out in the morning or at night is safer than going out during peak times of day.

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