Camps prepare to keep kids safe in brutal heat - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Camps prepare to keep kids safe in brutal heat

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CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) -

Summer camps across the state are getting ready as temperatures will soar into the 90s while the heat index could each triple digits.

On Thursday, children with the First Tee Camp will get to play golf at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell in the brutal heat.

Organizers said they will make sure the kids will take longer breaks and drink more water. The kids will also play with water balloons.

On Thursday, camp Director Meghan Parks handed out bottles and reminded her young crew about hydrating.

"Fill your water, fill your water, bring it with you, because staying hydrating is important," Parks said.

Campers said they were ready for a day of learning golf.

"I am going to be really hot and exhausted at the end of the day," said camper Elise Leccese.

"Stuff gets a little slower because everybody is a little bit more hot and exhausted so you just have to do your best to hang in there," said Ryan Santello, adding that he will ask instructors for a water break.

Dave Cuda, whose daughter is a camper, said he's pleased how First Tee instructors are handling the conditions, bringing their children inside throughout the day.

"They have a great air conditioned facility they can go in if they get overheated," Cuda said.

State health officials want to make sure every child is staying safe during the heat.

They suggested planning easier activities and limiting outdoor activities to the early morning or later evening hours.

They also recommended resting often in shady areas, avoiding hot foods and heavy meals.

Folks should also try to stay away from caffeine, sugary or very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.

Experts advised keeping an eye out for signs of heat illness. The symptoms include hot, dry skin, shallow breathing as well as rapid, weak pulse, confusion, and loss of consciousness.

If you see those signs, move that person to a cool area, get them a cold compress and call 911.

For more on Thursday's forecast, click here.

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