Staying safe in record heat

- SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) - The record breaking heat across the Wasatch Front is raising public concerns for Utahns’ health and safety.

Temperature topped 100 degrees on Saturday, forcing kids to keep cool and adults to stay hydrated.

“It's hot especially in running gear,” said Karena Martin, a runner. “It's extremely hot.”

The heat is even more intense in Southern Utah. St. George hit a record of 115 degrees.

“I am from [Salt Lake City]… so we said let’s go visit family and get away from the heat,” said Chelsi Davis, a mother living in St. George.

However, some people cannot escape the cruelty of summer. They suffer from heat exhaustion and heat strokes as a result.

“Whether it’s something as simple as just being a little overheated and dehydrated to making a diabetic a larger problem,” said Rob Stafford, a Salt Lake City firefighter and paramedic.

According to Stafford, sunscreen, shade and water, as well as electrolytes, are essential to stay in the heat for long periods of time.

“If you're in the heat all day and you're thinking ‘If I just pound water I'll be safe’, sometimes that causes something as minor as muscle cramps and as significant as heart attacks,” he said.

Power outages are also worsening the heat problems.

Maria O’Mara from Rocky Mountain Power said the power situation is better on the weekend as people are going out of town. However, she still advised people to be energy efficient in this blistering weather.

“Utah always has some weird weather, but it's a little strange, hitting the hundreds in June is pretty odd,” O’Mara added.

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