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Staying Safe During Delmarva Heat Wave

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SALISBURY, Md. - There is heat, and then there is dangerous heat. Northern Delmarva is in an excessive heat warning through Sunday night at 9:00 pm, according to WBOC Chief Meteorologist Dan Satterfield. Southern Delmarva is in a heat advisory. 

For those who have to be outside, you can't be too cautious. It can be especially difficult for construction workers. Mark Pleasanton with Mike Phippin Contractors was working on a construction site in Salisbury on Friday, a day after he suffered an asthma attack on the job. 

"I had an asthma attack yesterday and had to go home," he said..

That asthma was made worse by these hot, humid conditions.  Friday he was able to work more inside, but that is not always the case, and he says when the conditions are especially bad, it is nice to have a co-worker nearby.

"You can tell when someone is starting to feel bad, so we watch each other," said Pleasanton.

This heat can be dangerous for all ages. The Salisbury YMCA is holding its Discovery Camp, and fortunately this is "water week", a time the kids spend doing various water activities like swimming and playing in sprinklers. If that gets too hot, there are other options.

"We want the kids to stay wet, and we make sure coolers are filled with water," said Steve Fitz-Coy, YMCA Lead Staff. "On any given day, we have activities inside." 
Safety experts say one of the best your defenses against the heat is knowing your own body.

"If you stop sweating, stop what you are doing," said Derrin Scott, Asst. Fire Chief for Salisbury Fire. "Stay hydrated, and drink fluids before you start activity."


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