Fire Chief advises safety in the heat


It’s a beautiful, hot day filled with sunshine and fun. With the World of Outlaws in Knoxville and Lake Red Rock beckoning to boaters, Knoxville Fire Chief Jim Mitchell wants everyone to take precautions if they choose to enjoy the outdoors.

“We’ve had way too many drownings in this state,” Mitchell said. Everyone who chooses to swim needs to do so safely. Red Rock’s levels are up with the heavy rainfall of the past week.

Boaters should also be cautions. With the high levels, there is the extra danger of debris in the water. Anywhere you look around the lake, one can see logs and other pollutants that can cause harm to man and machine. Mitchell added that there my be unseen dangers below the water, as well as in bacteria.

Knoxville is under a heat advisory, with a high of 91 degrees and 65 percent humidity. Mitchell encourages everyone, if they are going to be outdoors, to hydrate. He also stressed that drinking alcoholic beverages, without balancing one’s beverage intake with water, will not hydrate the body. This can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke and other health issues. Hydration should also begin before you go outside.