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Children are keeping cool at summer camp during the steamy summer days

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Children are keeping cool at summer camp during the steamy summer days (WFSB) Children are keeping cool at summer camp during the steamy summer days (WFSB)
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

The potential for a heat wave started on Tuesday, and while many are at work there are others who are making sure the children are staying cool at summer camp.

A nice plunge in the pool is the perfect solution for a hot summer day.

By late July, the Windsor Locks Summer Camp is in full gear, but the potential for a heat wave has postponed any other activities done under the sun.

The priority during the stretch of hot weather is to stay cool. Body temperature is just one aspect of staying safe when it gets past 90 degrees, but hydration is also key.

“We try to have the kids do something that's not so strenuous, we try to keep them in the shade, make sure they get plenty of water and stay in the pool too,” said Jackie Wenzel, who has been running the Windsor Locks Summer Camp for 15 years.

Soon to be fifth grader Conor McKay spent much of the afternoon in the water, along with nearly 100 of his friends.

“It’s refreshing,” McKay said. “The pool is really refreshing because it's cold, but when it's really hot on a day like today, it refreshes you.”

Doctors said mid-afternoon is when the sun beats down the hardest, and children are tough to gauge because they might not recognize the symptoms of heat fatigue that could include dizziness and headaches.

Wenzel pulls out all the stops to make sure none of the children ever get to that point.

“Go underneath the sprinklers, we use slip and slides, whatever we can come up with and be creative, just to have the kids have fun and just stay cool,” she said.

That is exactly what they were doing on Tuesday to keep cool and still have fun.

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