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With temps in the triple digits, everyone looks for ways to beat the heat

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- As temperatures heat up Thursday to a high of 102, local residents are taking measures to stay cool. 

The high temperatures are keeping a lot of people inside today, but not everyone had that option. With the heat index exceeding 100° today, it was tough for those who make their living under the sun.

"We got 2 or 3 water kegs on the job, we trying to work in the shade right now as you can see which we been chasing the shade around all day," said construction worker, Travis Rodden.

Rodden is working on the new Focus Bank on Stadium Blvd and says they make sure to take water breaks.  

"We take 2 or 3 or as many as a person feels they need to take," he said. "I try to cover my head as you can tell."

Covering your head can help, but a lifeguard at the Jonesboro Pool Center says you might need to do more.

"Sunscreen and lots of hydration, lots of water out here," said Matthew Nadzam, head lifeguard.

Nadzem said they have enough lifeguards on staff so they can take shorter shifts.

"We have 6 lifeguards on duty and we have a 7th who is our rover who is always walking around making sure we have plenty of water and plenty of sunscreen," he said.

With these toasty temps, he says they also have to keep an extra eye on the kids.

"Make sure they don't get heat exhaustion," Nadzam said. "When you're tired, accidents are a little more common people might slip and fall if you are not watching them a little closer."

One parent says she takes certain precautions when bringing her kids out in the sun.

"We definitely make sure to put sunscreen on at least an half-hour before we bring them out," said parent Charmaine Vellozo.

And if all else fails just wait until it's cooler.  

"Definitely try to keep your kids out of the sun as much as you can and keep yourselves out of the sun," she said. 

More tips for staying cool include: having a balloon fight, putting a bowl of ice in from of a fan, placing a wet sheet in the open window, freeze your shower gel before using, go ice skating or visit an air-conditioned mall, library or museum.

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