ALEXANDRIA, La. - Summer just started a week ago and already temperatures in Cenla have hit triple digits for a 5th day in a row. News Channel Fives Nolan Crane shows us why the Department of Health and Hospitals are worried for two demographics as the temperatures climb and the sun beats down.
Leah LaCaze is just one of hundreds of parents who bring their children to the splash park in Alexandria during the summer. Leah says it's her daughter's favorite spot when it's hot.
"She's two and she loves playing in the water so we decided we would try this out today," says Leah LaCaze.
Not only is the splash park fun for these hot days, it's a lot cheaper than some other options.
"It's hot outside and it's just a free fun place to take my daughter," says Leah LaCaze.
DHH officials say this is just one good way to stay cool in the triple digit temps, but they say remember to make sure that when your kids are in water, they're also taking time to drink some as well.
"2 to 4 ounces of water every hour even if you're not feeling thirsty just to stay ahead of the curve and make sure you stay hydrated," says Dr. Takeisha Davis.
"It's very hot and when you get over three digits you start having increased complications of dehydration and heat stroke and other medical problems," says David Holcombe.
Children are just one demographic DHH says you need to keep an eye on.
"The people that we need to be the most watchful of are those that are over the age of 65, our small children and those that have other health problems like high blood pressure and hypertension," says Dr. Takeisha Davis.
That's why the staff at the Naomi Heights nursing home says they make sure to be extra precautious and watchful during the summer months.
"So what we try to do for our residents here is provide water for them several times throughout the day, where they always have access," says Caylon Mitchell.
Older or younger everyone is looking for a way to beat the heat and Leah says she's happy to have a place in Alexandria, where she can do just that.
"It's a fun place to come and like you said, it's free and fun entertainment," says Leah LaCaze.
The Department of Health and Hospital officials say every year more than 560 people throughout the nation die because of heat related illnesses and it's the small things like having water that can keep you out of harms way.
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