Beating the Heat at Summer Festivals

Brandon Weathers
Created: August 10, 2018 02:02 PM

The first day of the Bayfront Blues Festival was a hot one. With the Blues Festival and a handful of county fairs this weekend, including Bayfield, Gogebic, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties, tens of thousands of people will be out in the sun. Nurse Sherrie Beyer said staying hydrated will be of utmost importance.

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Beyer has helped with the Blues Festival for 6 years. She says the heat threat is greater this weekend than any other in her experience. She recommends drinking, "at least one bottle of water every two hours in this kind of heat." Water intake becomes especially important if you are also consuming alcohol. Beyer added, "I would say every 2 or 3 beers you should probably be having a bottle of water with that, too. And the other thing is getting some shade, getting out of the sun."

Beyer added that it can be easy to forget to eat when you're listening to music and having fun, but your body needs that fuel to remain functional. "Even some crackers, or potato chips, or a banana, something that's going to help you hold onto the sodium and keep your electrolytes out and help you retain the water."

A tell tale sign of dehydration is if you're not bringing in enough fluids to keep up with outgoing fluids. Beyer says if you stop sweating or go several hours without urinating, you're dehydrated. "If you start to feel nauseous, light headed, dizzy, see spots in front of your eyes, and feel like you need to sit down, let somebody know. If you don't have somebody with you, there's plenty of staff. Pick somebody out and say, 'hey, I think need some help. I need some water,'" Beyer said.


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