By Audrey Renaud, Comedy editor
Living in Georgia means we have to deal with extremely hot and humid summers. This kind of weather can present many different problems, including sun burns, dehydration, and in extreme cases, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Sports, and other activities that require outdoor practice, must address these problems during summer break and the early months of school.
Those who participate in marching band have to deal with this issue during practices in July and August. One tool they use is a Wet Bulb Globe Temperature device to measure the heat and humidity. If the WBGT gets above 92 degrees, students must go inside. However, even at lower temperatures, the band still has frequent water breaks and members are encouraged to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and to seek shade during breaks.
Sports teams and other organizations that practice outside during the summer also use a WBGT device; the tool is closely monitored by an adult and, by state law, coaches must send kids inside if the reading gets above 92. There are many ways you can help yourself, too. Drink plenty of water before, during and after practices and take frequent breaks. Learn to recognize signs of heat exhaustion in yourself and others so that everyone can have safe practices.