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Vegas lifeguards keep cool during the hottest summer days

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Updated: 6/27/2013 11:19 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Record heat is on the way which means pools will be packed. But what do people who can't jump in the water do to stay cool?

With temperatures climbing, a dip in the pool seems like a good break but what if a day at the pool is a day at work? Lifeguards are taking extra precautions now.

“Working in the heat, definitely apply sunscreen above 5 SPF,” said one Desert Breeze lifeguard.

The best way to get an answer is to walk a mile, or at least a lap, in their sandals and their job this weekend isn't just watching the water it’s watching the people around it as well.

The lifeguards have to make sure their own lives aren't in jeopardy and its one part common sense and one part company policy.

“A lot of my co-workers will bring jugs, not just bottles but jugs of water to keep hydrated throughout the whole entire day,” says a lifeguard.

The focus is always on safety with a sharper focus.

"They’re up for about 30 minutes or 45 minutes then they’re down for half an hour,” said recreation specialist David Castle “It is enough to get their body recharged and reenergized to stay focused on the water.”

With the mercury threatening to climb as high as 117 degrees, drinking water, bringing the sunscreen and watching the kids are the focuses.

But with a full-day shift as long as 11 hours. policies to police, and some eyes to watch the guards are crucial.

"We don’t want anyone to pass out, we don’t want anyone to get heat exhaustion or heat stroke. They’re trained to save lives so it’s very important for them,” Castle said.

-- John Treaner, KSNV News 3
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