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Water's important in hot, humid weather

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by Jamie Grey

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Kids love to be outside playing in the heat, but here are some tips to make sure they're safe this summer:

--Make sure they're adjusted to the heat.  It has gone from cool to hot out. Make sure you slowly increase outdoor play time so they're used to the heat.
--Keep them hydrated. Make sure kids drink plenty of water or sports drinks to refuel.
--Know the heat index and plan for it. Make sure your kids are wearing lightweight clothing to keep cool.

Tuesday we caught up with counselors at the Dubuque community Y Camp to find out what they're doing to keep kids safe in the sun.

When it's hot, hot, hot -- oh, and humid -- the answer is water, water, water.

"We're making sure they're staying well hydrated," counselor Kyle Decker said.  "Making sure they always have water with them."

But it's not just about getting water in their bodies -- it's making some creative fun to stay cooled off.

"We're adding much more water games," Decker said.  "Tossing the parachute up and balloons on it, and they're crashing and getting the kids wet."

Camp staff has also changed the daily schedule to account for steamy conditions.

"We're extending the pool hours, so that the kids go to the pool longer.," Decker said.  "That's probably the nicest part of the day for them."

Even with all of the activities, counselors say they're still closely monitoring kids for signs of heat exhaustion.  And the kids certainly don't seem disappointed with a few changes in schedules and games.

Y-camp runs through the middle of August -- so many more hot days and wet activities to come.

Also, don't forget the sun block.  Experts say to use at least an SPF of 30.  Put it on a half hour before you send the kids out and make sure to reapply every two hours.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

Online Producer:  Dani Blecha

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