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Mercury soars to century mark

July 06, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND
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Washington County Hospital treated and released two people for heat-related illnesses on Tuesday, Hospital spokeswoman Cassandra Lattimer said.

Beating the heat

Record numbers of people tried to beat the heat in Washington County swimming pools, and life guards at Potterfield Pool in Hagerstown and the Williamsport Pool had their hands full protecting both pool patrons and themselves.

Though pool managers said an estimated 400 swimmers flocked to each pool on Tuesday, "Monday was the busiest day in the history of the Williamsport Pool," Manager Chris Shirk said.

Extra lifeguards staffed Potterfield Pool, checking patrons for signs of heat exhaustion in addition to monitoring swimmers, Manager Chris Horst said.

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While the lifeguards tended to the safety of pool patrons, their bosses said frequent rotations and dips in the water, gobs of sunscreen and protective wear and plenty of fluids guarded the guards from heat exhaustion and sunburn.

Staff writers Bryn Mickle and Don Aines contributed to this story.

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