Keeping Kids Cool in High Heat in Troy
Temperatures hit the century mark today in Alabama, but it's not stopping some little ones from spending their day outside at summer camp. But the heat could be dangerous for children without the right safety measures.
Hundreds of children are participating in various sports clinics at Camp Butter and Egg in Troy this week. While those attending say the blazing heat hasn't been a problem, if they're not getting taking proper precautions, they could be in danger.
"In the morning from 8 to 11, we do baseball," says camper Will Parsons. "We get a little batting in."
That's why health officials say pre-hydration is key. If children are spending the day outdoors, they ask them to follow this formula: drink one gallon of water per 100 pounds each day.
Health officials say parents should know how to test a child's level of hydration. They say to gently pull and release the skin on the back of the hand. If it takes too long to return to normal, the child may be dehydrated.