People in Warren take advantage of shaded areas to stay cool at Summerfest

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Kids want to stay outside all summer long, but with temperatures nearing 100 degrees, how do you keep them safe?

Tons of parents, kids and grandparents went to Courthouse Square in Warren to enjoy the day at the 14th annual Summerfest.

“It’s just so much hotter in the sun. We tried to stay in the shade to get any kind of relief that we could,” said event-goer Taylor Matthews.

Summerfest organizers scattered sidewalk chalk, food and games throughout the shaded areas of the park.

“We’re very lucky because this park is so well shaded. So with the breeze and the sidewalk in the shade, it really is quite nice,” said Bill Mulane, Trumbull Art Gallery director.

Parents went to Summerfest with a game plan on how to stay cool.

“Pack as much water and sunblock as possible. I have a bookbag of frozen water along with other cold waters in my backpack,” said Shameika Johnson.

But sometimes water isn’t enough. Doctors say that if kids start getting tired, confused, cranky or lightheaded, it’s time to go inside.

“If they’re not sweating — all of a sudden the kid is outside, you don’t see sweat on that child at all or they look very flushed — that child is really, really overheated,” said pediatrics specialist Dr. John Cox, DO.

Cox works at Kids First Pediatric Care Wee One in Canfield. He says to make sure you bring your water and sunscreen, find shade and split your time outside and inside equally.

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