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Tips for staying safe when extreme heat hits Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Summer temperatures have not reached a level where emergency shelters have been activated, but that doesn’t mean the heat isn’t dangerous.

The heat brought dozens of Indy kids out to the splashpads at the park Friday afternoon.

Indy Parks offers 18 free splashpads for those seeking a break from the heat.

They are open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

“If they’re somewhere where they don’t have a lot of air conditioning that’s working well or they just want to get out of the house and stay cool and safe in these extreme temperatures,” Indy Parks Representative Maureen Faul said.

Gary Coons with the Department of Homeland security said seeking out water like that is one way to stay cool.

“During the hottest part of the day, take the precautions you need,” Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons said.

He also advises if you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public place, like library or mall.

“We get calls that people are just in too hot of homes and we work with the Parks Department and the community centers to open their doors,” he said.

“We want people to remember to be safe of course and there are indoor activities at all of our family centers within the Indy Parks system as well,” Faul said.

If you are going outside, like to a park or concert, drink water instead of soda, juice, or alcohol.

It’s important to wear sunscreen outside with loose fitting clothing to stay cool and protect your skin.

Aside from the direct dangers of the heat, Coons reminds us all that thunderstorms go hand in hand with the summer temps.

“So be prepared for that as well that you have a plan to get to shelter or safety,” he said.

He said it’s also important to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.

And don’t forget if you need any resources, a great place to start is by calling “Connect2Help” at 2-1-1.