Triple Digit Heat! Fourth of July Events Offer Cooling Techniques
Cities all across the metro are preparing for Fourth of July parades and festivals. But with temperatures reaching triple digits, events organizer are taking extra steps making sure guests don't get overheated.
At the Music in Plymouth event, 15,000 concert-goers are expected to sprawl out on the lawns, so the Plymouth Fire Department set-up two cooling stations. If anyone is feeling over-heated and needs to quickly cool down, they can stand in the mist. Emergency responders are lining the amphitheater with ambulances, and a mobile unit is used to hydrate the crowd.
Organizers of the Richfield Fourth of July festivities are taking precautions for Tuesday night's street dance. They are setting-up pop up tents for volunteers and buying extra water. And on Monday night the fire department opened up the hydrants so kids could play and keep cool.
If you plan to be outside this weekend, the sign of being dehydrated isn't that you're thirsty; it's actually when your skin starts to feel clammy or you find you're sweating profusely. Also, if you feel nauseated or disoriented, you should come to a cooling station or dunk your head in some water.