Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Jemon Haskins
Lynchburg, VA-The triple digit forecast has a lot of people trying to find ways to stay cool. Some people plan to head to the pool or the lake this weekend. Emergency officials say this hot forecast can be dangerous, and it's important to prepare ahead of time.
If you plan to be out in the heat this weekend, emergency officials recommend drinking plenty of water and using sunscreen. A lot of people are already preparing by stocking up early and looking for cool water to get some relief.
A lot of kids are beating the heat by splashing, dancing at and soaking up all the cool water at the spray ground.
"It's just a great place to come, enjoy, stay as long as we like, then go home. It's great," said Nancy Leathers, who was out at the spray ground with her grandchildren.
With so many people expected to take part in outdoor activities, the Lynchburg Fire Department is expecting a long weekend.
During sweltering heat, their call volume jumps with people needing help for heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion, and dehydration.
"Watch how much you are in the sun, try to stay in the shade. Make sure you have air conditioners, fans on, check on the elderly make sure they are going to be safe," said a public education specialist with the Lynchburg Fire Department.
People already seem to be taking the advice to stock up on fans, and things to keep their air conditioners running. John Butler bought several filters for his A. C. units.
Well the wife gave me my 'honey to-do list' of coming to the hardware store this morning to get these filters to change those. I usually do it every month," said Butler.
"We're expecting demand of fans to continue to increase, and be strong as long as this heat spell is taking an effect," said Chuck Overstreet, owner of TrueValue in Lynchburg.
TrueValue is close to selling out of water bottle fans. That's not all that's selling fast; water hoses and sprinklers are also in high demand.
"I just planted new shrubbery this year and I'm trying to keep it alive," said Dan Callaway, a customer at TrueValue.
Emergency officials also suggest limiting how much time you spend outside this weekend. And, another tip for staying cool, don't wear black. You'll stay cool if you wear loose fitting, light colored clothes.