When temperatures reached the hundreds like they did on Saturday, parents said they paid special attention to keeping their kids safe. Many took their kids to Lincoln Park in Wichita so the kids could play in the fountain.
John Woods went to Lincoln Park with his three sons. He said safety in the scorching temperatures was on his mind.
“It's very important,” Woods said, adding he doesn’t want his kids suffering a medical condition in the heat. “But you want to get them outside and exercise.”
So he decided to join his kids whom he calls “rambunctious” and “wired” in the fountain. He brought plastic cups for him and his sons to fill up with water and throw at each other to cool off and have fun in the hot sun.
Nearby with her family, Grandmother Maria Romero said the fountain drew her and her family to Lincoln Park. She said when it’s hot, all she thinks about is hydrating her grandkids.
“Keep them in with the water,” Romero said. “Water, water, water. It's very hot right now and we're trying to keep them as cool as we can with the heat and try to keep them from being dehydrated.”
The water soaked shoes, shirts and little bodies just like Romero wanted.
After hearing about the 10-month-old baby girl who died after being left in a hot car in Wichita Thursday, both Woods and Romero said they’ve been paying extra attention to their kids.
“I’m going to be more alert of where my kids are," Woods said. I want to be able to see where my kids are and know where they're at.”
“Just make sure they're all with you, count them all, make sure they're where you're at,” Romero said.
Both Romero and Woods said they can’t imagine life without their families.
“They're my world. I took the day off from work to spend time with my grand kids today,” Romero said.
“They're very important, I mean I wouldn't know what to do if something were to happen to them. I’d be kind of lost,” Woods said.
Several other parents at Lincoln Park on Saturday were telling their kids to stay in their line of sight and take drinks often.
According to the American Dietetic Association, kids should drink between six and eight glasses of water on a normal day and even more when it’s especially hot outside.