How to stay safe in the heat

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(Kids cool off in the water fountains at Market Square. Photo via Visit Knoxville)

The City of Knoxville has released a list of helpful tips for staying safe and healthy during hot summer temperatures. 

Knoxville has two public pools that offer a fun way to stay cool. Admission is $3 at Ed Cothren Pool, located at 1737 Reynolds St., and $4 at Inskip Pool, located at 4204 Bruhin Road.

The fountains at Market Square, Krutch Park and World’s Fair Park are also available for anyone to use.

For those who may not have access to air-conditioning or shelter, they can spend the daylight hours reading at a public library or hanging out at a rec center. Both offer cool temperatures and protection from the sun.

A safe place for those seeking shelter outdoors in the downtown area is available at Broadway and Magnolia. The area features outdoor furniture, restrooms, shade and on-site security. 

(Image via City of Knoxville)

To get access to air-conditioning through social services, anyone can call 2-1-1 to get help. 

It’s always important to drink lots of water and listen to your body. Sometimes the heat can cause serious health problems despite precautions.

Officials explained how to spot two of the most common heat-related illnesses, heat exhaustion and heat stroke: 

Heat Exhaustion

Heavy sweating; cold, pale and clammy skin; muscle cramps and headaches are all symptoms of heat exhaustion, experts said. Sufferers may also experience nausea and vomiting or passing out.

To help treat heat exhaustion, the individual should move to a cool place, loosen clothes, use cool cloths and sip water. Medical attention should quickly be sought if vomiting or symptoms last for longer than one hour.

Heat Stroke

Anyone who experiences a body temperature of 103 or higher should be aware that heat stroke could be behind it. Other symptoms may include hot, red, dry or damp skin; a fast, strong pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion or passing out.

Heat stroke is a serious emergency so anyone with these symptoms should call 911 immediately. The sick person should be moved to a cooler location, and cool washcloths or a cool bath can help to lower their temperature. However, never give a drink to someone who is experiencing heat stroke, officials advise.  

Published on June 23, 2022.