Beating the heat

Austintown splash pad

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Valley residents are looking for ways to beat the heat, but doctors cautioned residents to take it easy when it gets this hot.

Brothers Jake and Nick Rutter spent the day trying to cool off at the splash pad in Austintown.

“Go swimming,” Nick Rutter said. “Get on the Austintown splash pad.”

Others, however, don’t want to stray too far from their backyard. When the temperatures rise, calls start coming in to Austintown Pools and Spas.

“Above ground swimming pools, it’s all about the heat,” said Austintown Pools and Spas owner Bob Ballone. “When it’s hot, people come and buy. When it’s not hot, people aren’t thinking about swimming pools.”

Ballone said business picked up in the last week. Pools are boxed up waiting to be installed as soon as possible.

“We start at six in the morning, try to beat the heat and bring a few more guys and the more we have the sooner we can get done and try to finish up by two o’clock,” Ballone said.

With the sun beating down, it makes it difficult to work and play outside. People run the risk of heat exhaustion.

“That’s when you hear someone is getting a little nauseous,” said ValleyCare Urgent Care Dr. Tina Swarm. “They don’t quite feel like themselves. They can have some dizziness.”

Swarm said if those symptoms last more than 30 minutes, you need to escape the heat and seek medical attention. She said infants, the elderly and people with heart or lung diseases are more at risk.

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