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Beating the heat in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - For many people, this is a day for beating the heat -- for others, its making sure people stay safe until the temperatures break. 

As temperatures soar toward the 100 degree mark most folks are trying to  keep cool -- but employees at City Ice, in Chester, are trying to beat the cold.

It's 15 degrees inside the ice manufacturing and packaging company. Manager, Donald Kellison is wearing three layers of clothing.

Donald Kellison: "Coverall suit, jacket and sweats. Underneath I have on regular clothes."
Nicole Bell: "So you're trying to stay warm?"
Donald Kellison:  "Yeah, I'm trying to stay warm."

Back outside under the sizzling sun -- 12-year-old Saki Nowacki is making a splash at Blackwell Pool.

"It's fun. Real cool. I get to hang out with my friends," said Nowacki.

9-year-old Breanna Vaught says heat coupled with a pool equals, an excellent time.

"You can swim and the cool breeze will get on you. It feels very good," said Vaught.

The hot weather isn't all fun and games.

Advice on beating the heat is what Catherine Hendrickson is delivering to her elderly clients. When the temperatures soar Hendrickson says the health of her clients become a bigger concern.

"With their health conditions plus the extreme heat it can cause malnutrition, dehydration -- some serious health problems even death," said Hendrickson, a care coordinator with Senior Connections.

She says checking-up on a senior citizen during extreme hot weather could be a lifesaver.

"I encourage everyone to check-on relatives. Neighbors check-on your elderly neighbors -- we can all do the checking -- by phone or by knocking on the door," said Hendrickson.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that every year around 300 people in the U.S. die from heat-related ailments.

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