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Omaha Fire Department training and rescue team urges safety at area lakes & pools as triple digit heat approaches

OFD water safety
Posted at 8:58 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 09:59:00-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - — As triple digit temperatures approach, the Omaha Fire Department's training and rescue team is urging people to be safe in the water.

Many people will likely visit area lakes and pools this week as the temperatures rise.

Battalion Chief Coby Werner has been on several water rescue missions and says it's important people know when to take a break.

He says, often times, children (and sometimes adults) are having so much fun in the water, they don't realize how tired their body's become.

"If you even remotely feel like you're becoming exhausted or tired I want you to try to get out of the water and take a break, Werner said. Especially with the high temperatures this week, if you're going to be in a lake or swimming pool and you feel any kind of exhaustion, get out of the water for a while drink some water, find some shade and rest before entering back into the water."

He went on to say that it's possible to experience heat exhaustion, even inside the water, which is why Werner says it's crucial swimmers stay hydrated.

"Please stay hydrated," he said. Especially in this humidity and high heat this week, even if you don't feel like drinking water, we want you to drink water and stay hydrated without it, you can easily become dehydrated and your muscles can cramp up on you, which obviously isn't going to help you swim very good.

Werner also says, no matter how good of a swimmer you are it's important to wear a life jacket in the lake.