Houstonians beat the heat on Labor Day

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HOUSTON - Families out trying to enjoy the Labor Day holiday are having to take precautions when it comes to the heat.

With 90-degree temperatures baking the city, most outdoor activities included water in one way or another.

At Discovery Green in downtown Houston, parents lounged under trees while children soaked in the sprinklers.

"We just try and bring them over here so they can have fun, and we try to stay in the shade," mother Yarelinna Arellano said.

For some it might not seem like the day for an 8-mile bike ride on hot pavement, but Pete Dunn was willing to do it for his son.

"I've been nagging my dad to go bike riding for a long time," son Clifford Dunn said. "I wish it was like maybe in the high-70s, low-80s."

They biked from Bellaire all the way to downtown Houston, but they took hydration and the dangers of overheating seriously.

"We stopped at a store and got water, but it looks like we're going to have to reload here on the way home," said Dunn.

Here are some tips to stay safe in the heat from ER Plus:

  • Rest in a cool, shaded or air-conditioned area
  • Drink plenty of water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages
  • Cool using methods such as soaking clothes with water; spraying, sponging, or showering with water; fanning the body.

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