BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - High temperatures can be dangerous, so remember to take steps to stay safe in the summer heat. It may seem like the right thing to do, but fanning yourself can actually make you hotter because it requires more energy, so if you can find a shady spot with a refreshing slice of watermelon and water bottle, or find a local cooling center in the city.
Steamy temperatures sent western New Yorkers running for cover underwater Monday. Debra Ashley visited MLK Splash Pad and said, "When you take a shower and you're cool, and then when you get out of the shower the sweat just hits you again."
"It's cooler in the shade and we're by the water so it's cool, it's all good."
The Queen City is taking steps to make sure its residents stay safe through the heat. City of Buffalo officials have extended the hours of the city's splash pads until 8 p.m. through Wednesday. All outdoor city pools will remain open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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If you don't have air conditioning and want to stay indoors, Buffalo has opened three cooling centers until Wednesday. Health officials are warning people to keep an eye on each other, especially the elderly.
Internal medicine Dr. Susan Baldassari said, "So my advice would be to check on your neighbors because often times it would be too late before they could call for help."
The high temps can also reak havoc on your pets. Barbara Carr from the Erie County SPCA said, "They can go into heat stroke, just like people, they don't have the kind of sweat glands like we do, it's very difficult for them to get rid of their own heat."
We also can't forget about our beloved pets, never leave them in a car unattended. When it's 90 degrees outside it can feel about 143 degrees inside a car and that can kill an animal.
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