Forty Fort, Luzerne County - The heat is on! Temperatures are not dropping much overnight Wednesday but that is not stopping people from checking out a special celebration in Luzerne County.
"I feel very hot!" said Samantha Barber of Forty Fort. She and her step-brother Zack Roming have figured out a way to keep cool. They hop on the rides at the Forty Fort 125th Anniversary Carnival.
"It's like the wind gets to blow in your hair. Unfortunately for me I don't have that much hair," said Romig.
Beth Rice of Forty Fort isn't letting the intense heat stop her family from enjoying the event at the Luzerne County fields in Forty Fort.
"They wanted to come. I promised I would. It's hot but what are you going to do its summer! It's supposed to be hot," said Rice.
While it's fun to be outside in the heat, doctors say there are some steps you should take so you don't end up in the ER.
"Hydration, hydration, hydration," said emergency room doctor Ronald Stroney. He added most people become acclimated to the intense heat. But there are people who need to watch out.
"When it comes on all at once, the very young, the very old those on certain meds that can't regulate they're temperature very well, those are the ones at the biggest risk," said Dr. Stroney, the director of Emergency Medicine at Geisinger Northeast.
Beth Rice made sure her kids have plenty of water. And even though the rides provide a breeze, nothing beats a drink for Samantha and Zack.
"I'm drinking a lot of water," said Samantha.
And if you make it to the Forty Fort anniversary celebration, which lasts through Sunday, there will be people watching out for you.
"We'll have emergency personal here just with the heat. We'll have and ambulance on call the whole time it's open," said Forty Fort Mayor Boyd Hoats. Dr.Stroney said if you are out in the heat and start to feel fatigued, or disoriented- that's you cue to seek cool spot and hydrate right away.
Here are some tips to keep in mind during the heat wave:
-Stay in the shade
-Drink lots of water
-Don't leave pets/kids in vehicles
-Eat small meals, eat more often
-Avoid strenuous exercise
-Take breaks often working outside