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Trying to beat the heat

The Alblas family, of Solon Township, got creative trying to beat the heat Wednesday. Alex, 11, pours water down on top of Dominique, 9, and Isaac, age 7.

By Judy Reed

It’s the talk of town—no matter where you go, people are talking about how hot it is. We’ve been under an excessive heat warning since Tuesday, and it’s expected to last into Friday. By Tuesday, there were no air conditioners left within a 100-mile radius. On Wednesday, it reached about 92 degrees with a heat index of 107, according to a weather station in Cedar Springs. The city of Grand Rapids was probably in the mid-90s.

So what have you been doing to beat the heat? Some of the answers on our facebook page included chillin’ in the air conditioning, drinking ice water, eating ice cream and enjoying the pool.

Don’t forget to check on the elderly, young children and pets. All are more susceptible to dehydration. Move them to an air-conditioned location, spray them down or have them take a cool shower or bath, and help them remember to drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-sugary liquids.


According to the Center for Disease Control, everyone should drink more fluids during the heat regardless of activity level; don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. And avoid very cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.

Stay indoors, and if at all possible, in air conditioning. If you don’t have it, go to the store, public library, movie theatre or somewhere that has air conditioning for a few hours.

If you only have fans, take a cool shower or bath.

And NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

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