We all know it's getting hot, perhaps a lot hotter than we can remember.
Just in case you want to know how hot it is, let me tell you. This story points out just how dangerous the hot weather can be, even in ways you may have not have thought of before!
Phoenix man suffers 2nd degree burns after walking on hot street
By Corey Rangel ABC15.com
PHOENIX - A 78-year-old man suffered second degree burns to his feet on Saturday after walking outside without any shoes on.
James Wankel said he went outside his home, near 30th Street and Campbell, to try and catch the mailman. After making it halfway across the street, the pain from the hot street brought him to his knees.
“I couldn't stand up. The pain was so bad in my feet,” said Wankel.
His neighbor, Terri Cryan, saw Wankel fall down in the street. She and her sister ran over to help him.
“By the time he turned around he couldn't run back to the grass. So he fell down and then he's burning his knees and his hands so we had to, both of us, had to pick him up by his arms and then run him to the grass,” said Cryan.
But the cooler grass did not ease the pain.
“Even when we got in the grass he just kept collapsing because his feet burned so bad,” recalled Cryan.
Wankel was taken to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center.
“Both the right and the left feet had blistered all the way across the balls of my feet,” said Wankel.
But he knows it could have been worse if his neighbor had not helped him.
“I would have had a hell of a time getting off that asphalt,” said Wankel. “I feel pretty lucky to say the least.”
Folks, please don't take this heat lightly! Regardless of your age or location...the heat and weather conditions can kill you! I don't want to lose any of my friends for any reason, but especially because of the hot weather! Ya hear me? OK!
Now, let's get some coffee or iced tea and sit outside for a while. Just stay in the shade for me, alright?