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The Great Outdoors: Keeping Cool

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When it comes to enjoying “The Great Outdoors,” whether it’s biking, golfing, or just sitting in the garden, keeping cool in the summertime is key.

For Debby Stonestreet and her husband, springtime and fall mean car show season in North Central West Virginia.

“We hold one here in the spring, usually in May or June, and then we hold one in the fall at the airport, usually in September,” said Stonestreet.

But when it comes to this time of year, when temperatures can reach into the 90s, Stonestreet knows how to prepare accordingly.

“We have a canopy, and even if we go to another car show, we still have the canopy, and we always have water available,” said Stonestreet.

“If it’s a breezy day, and we’re sweating, that’s how we cool our bodies. So you really have to be very careful of those dry, humid days that have no wind,” said Dr. Chris Goode from United Hospital Center.

Goode said as the temperature heats up, the people we need to keep an eye on are the young and the elderly population, some of whom might be on medication.

“The most important thing to watch with kids is the number of wet diapers they make and to make sure they’re keeping that same number of wet diapers during the day. When it comes to the elderly, those medications, unfortunately, can dehydrate you. Going out gardening in the afternoon could be a rough event for someone that’s on multiple medications,” said Goode.

But Goode offers tips for people of all ages so you don’t end up in his emergency room.

“If you have the possibility of taking them inside, into a car or home, and cooling them down, that’s the best thing to do. If they really start with nausea, vomiting, headaches, then it’s best to seek medical attention,” said Goode.