EMSA Issues 6th Medical Heat Alert

EMSA medics have responded to ten patients with suspected heat-related symptoms as of 9:20 p.m. on Saturday. A 27-year-old male was transported to the hospital in fair condition.

EMSA reports a total of two patients treated at the Center of the Universe festival for heat. Both refused transport. They have also tended to several at the first aid tent to cool down or get minor care, such as a band-aid.

Festival attendees are urged to go to the First Aid tent at Cameron and Main, or find the nearest medic or first responder, if they need medical attention.

EMSA released the following tips for staying healthy in the heat:

PRE-HYDRATION is key in preventing heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to the summer heat.

Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors.

No alcohol or caffeine.

Take frequent breaks indoors or in the shade.

If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day.

Also, don't limit your air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO. They have programs that could possibly help you.

Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.

They also issued a reminder to "never leave a child in a car without supervision."

Update -

Still continuing to see other attendees come to the First Aid tent for minor treatment.

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