Planning ahead for extreme heat

Tips on staying safe in extreme heat
Posted at 3:19 PM, Jul 18, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services wants to remind people to stay safe in very hot temperatures.

The Central Kentucky Adult Soccer League is taking steps to make sure its players are ready for the heat wave. The director of the league says that safety is a priority.

"You play hard but you'll rotate. You're not helping your team to be tired, fatigued, anything like that," said soccer player James Diehl.

With temperatures expected to be into the 90s this week, the league's director, Allen Sharon, tells LEX 18 that it could impact games.

"We've already had some preliminary conversations about doing water breaks. That's something I’m going to watch during the day to make sure that we're not getting anything that's too dangerous," he said.

Sharon said there could be mandatory water breaks and referees have the option to stop play if needed. He said they've never had to cancel a game because of heat, but he does try to schedule games later in the day to keep players out of direct sunlight.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has tips on how to stay safe in extreme heat including: drink plenty of fluids, do not keep children or pets in cars, wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing. They also encourage people to check on neighbors and people at high risk, like children and those ages 65 and older.