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7 kids treated for heat exhaustion at Buffalo Springs Lake


Summer is in full force here on the South Plains.

EMS crews were called out to Buffalo Springs Lake Saturday night to help seven children suffering from heat exhaustion.

"We were called to the party house where the kids were staying... I was told that it looked like it was probably heat exhaustion," said Stewart Naron, Chief of Police for Buffalo Springs Lake.

The kids were volunteers at Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake, helping to set up the course. Chief Naron said the kids had backpacks filled with water, but apparently didn't realize how much they needed to drink.

"It's very important to stay hydrated regardless of the weather out here because it's very easy to do especially when you're on the water or just lounging around the side of the lake. We had a very big thunderstorm roll in from the north, we had a lot of wind, a lot of rain. Once all that cleared up the sun came back out but it got very sultry," he said.

And it's not just humans seeking an escape from the heat. Video from zoos across the southwest show animals taking to the water to try stay refreshed.

One man in Death Valley went to extreme lengths to make sure his dog was safe, equipping the animal with shoes to insulate him from the heat.

"He's got shoes on because otherwise he wouldn't be standing on cement," he said.

Here are some things to keep in mind before you head outdoors:

"You need to wear light clothes, dark keeps in the heat. Whatever kind of activity are you going to do, if you're going to do some kind of exercise you need to drink water way before you start - during and afterwards. You can't take too much water so you have to take things like Gatorade," said Covenant Emergency Room Doctor Jose Lizarribar.

If temperatures continue to stay high the best thing to do is stay inside, or schedule your activity for early in the morning or late at night.

And whatever happens, remember to stay hydrated.

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