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Lifeguards fight the heat to keep kids safe

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Hudson mother Ari Henderson has a popular idea -- let the kids splash around, while she cools off.

"It was a very hot day, and we wanted something fun to do," said Henderson. "I just enjoy sitting in the water!"

Henderson was one of hundreds of parents who took their children to "The Falls Aquatic Center" Wednesday afternoon.

"This is probably not the hottest day, but it is the most humid by far," said lifeguard Luck Wildeboer.

Wildeboer didn't have the luxury of lounging in the water. He and other lifeguards were busy making sure kids are staying safe in the heat, which often means looking on from above as everyone else gets to chill out.

"It gets tough sometimes, but once in a while you get a splash, and that feels good!" Wildeboer said.

On days like this, besides keeping an eye out for rowdy kids, they're watching for signs of dehydration Kids generally will keep on playing until you make them take a break.

"We ask them to sit down and we can get them water," Wildeboer explained.

Lifeguards monitor each other as well. They keep water bottles and sun block at their stations. They also rotate around the pool, giving everyone an opportunity to man the coveted "lazy river" entrance.

When its a scorcher like this, its nice to know a dip in the pool is only a few minutes away.

"Yeah it's lot of fun. It's a really fun job and I'm glad I work here," said Wildeboer.

"The Falls" has a first aid area to treat dehydration or heat exhaustion, along with the other bumps and bruises that sometimes happen at a pool. Lifeguards reported no one needed medical attention on Wednesday.

Here are a few things you'll want to watch out for in your children: Muscle cramps, pale skin, nausea, and exhaustion are all signs of heat exhaustion. The best defense is to require your kids to take breaks, stay in the shade, and drink plenty of water.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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