Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The North Syracuse School District was forced to shutdown all outdoor activities after the heat wave brought temperatures in Central New York into the upper 90s.
“We specifically cancelled any training sessions that were happening for our athletic teams. Also, I told school principals that if they have any town activities on playgrounds, they should accommodate by bringing them indoors,” said North Syracuse School District Superintendent Annette Speach.
New York State mandates that at 96 degrees, outdoor school activities are to be cancelled.
It's something the North Syracuse School District was prepared for all week and will monitor on a day-by-day basis.
While doctors at Upstate University Hospital say people with preexisting conditions are in the most danger, healthy student-athletes should also take it easy.
“Anybody can get in trouble with the heat so you have to make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids, stay in the shade as much as possible. No matter how healthy you are, the heat's going to win,” said Dr. Josh Mularella with Upstate University Hospital.
That’s why Speach says the school district would rather be safe than sorry.
“Someone made the comment to me today that maybe we're being overly cautious. Maybe we are but it's better to be safe and we don’t want our students to be in danger,” Speach said.
The scorching temperatures have also prompted National Grid to ask customers to cut back on energy use during the daytime hours.
The utility company says there is an adequate supply of electricity but heavy demand and high temperatures have the potential to strain the networks.
National Grid suggests turning off lights when possible and unplug any appliances that aren't in use.
Also avoid cooking, bathing or doing laundry during the day when energy use is at its peak.