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Camp counselors are preparing for the rise in temperatures

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CHARLOTTE -- In the forecast, temperatures are set to climb above 100 degrees, creating a dangerous and even deadly situation. People are urged to drink plenty of water and adjust their schedule to avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.

Counselors at Camp Thunderbird, a YMCA group from Charlotte, are keeping a close eye on the campers. They sent a letter home to parents about the heat wave, and what they are doing to ensure campers' safety. Extra water and Gatorade stations are set up to make sure everyone stays hydrated. But as the temperatures climb, so does the potential for heat related illness.

"We will start seeing an influx of children in the health center with headaches, stomach aches and soar throats," said camp head nurse, Darlene Berry, R.N.

Counselors are trained to look for those signs. But when temperatures get this hot, there's a need to take more precautions.

"As it gets warmer we'll take more breaks and take longer breaks to make sure the kids are getting water," said Camp Thunderbird Director of Operations, Brad Rippetoe.

Campers are encouraged to take part in water activities to stay cool, which includes drinking lots of water. And schedules are altered to avoid the worst heat.
Medical experts said that heat exhaustion can quickly turn to heat stroke, and can be deadly. If symptoms continue for more than 24 hours, the patient should get medical attention.

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