Local aquatic center prepares for hot weekend


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A local aquatic center is working to make sure their customers stay cool in this extreme heat.

With the hot weekend quickly approaching, it’s important to stay safe and hydrated when going outside.

With temperatures expected to hit almost one hundred degrees this weekend, workers at the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center want to make sure that you’re doing whatever you can to stay cool.

“We just want to make sure that everybody’s staying safe and everybody’s healthy,” said Maddy Schaetzl, a Team Leader at the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center.

Schaetzl says when the heat hits, their caution goes up by bringing in extra supplies to keep everyone safe.

But Schaetzl says she’s watched people develop heat stroke before at the center while on the job.

“It’s really scary you know, cause they don’t know what’s going on and they don’t know why they feel that way,” said Schaetzl.

A few symptoms of heat stroke include nausea, headaches, and fast breathing. Lindsay Brown, who’s a mother of three, says she’s all too familiar with this condition.

“My kids are prone to overheating and I’ve experienced that in the past and it’s not something I know I want to mess with,” said Brown.

Brown says her plan this weekend is to watch her kids closely and have lots of water at hand.

“I’m just going to do what I can to take steps to make sure I can keep them safe,” said Brown.  

As for Schaetzl and the rest of her staff, she says they’re going to stay prepared for any emergency that may happen.

“We’re always watching to make sure that if someone looks like they’re stumbling around, someone looks like they might be suffering from heat stroke, we try to be proactive and bring them into the office, cool them down, give them some water before anything else happens,” said Schaetzl.

The center expects to see almost a thousand people this weekend and they say it’ll only get busier as the summer goes on.

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