Heat overcomes some at Three Rivers Festival

One of the safety concerns this week is the heat and humidity. Feels-like temps could soar well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit by the weekend, so if you're spending a lot of time outside and you're not properly prepared, you could be dealing with a heat-related illness.

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 8:56 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - With festival season in full swing, thousands of people will be out and about enjoy rides and sweet treats. But do you know what to do to help beat the heat?

"Yesterday we had a couple people overcome by the heat." That's Jack Hammer, the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Festival, the state's 2nd largest festival. And being one of the largest, they have thousands of people to keep safe.

One of the safety concerns this week is the heat and humidity. Feels-like temps could soar well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit by the weekend, so if you're spending a lot of time outside and you're not properly prepared, you could be dealing with a heat-related illness.

One tip to keep yourself safe, watch what you eat. While you may be tempted to over-indulge in the delicious food down at Junk Food Alley, make sure to eat light foods that are easily digestable, like vegetables. And drink plenty of water.

People like Pam Launer are at least trying to do that "Besides eating a jumbo tenderloin, which I highly recommend, and drinking lots of water, it's kind of hard. I'm not doing a very good job."

If you forget your water while down at Headwaters Park this week, you'll still have access to it.

"We have our water buffalo, which is a truck with a 400 gallon stainless steel container that the city graciously makes sure is pristine clean for us," said Hammer.

This water option will be located for anyone to use in front of Headwaters east. There's also plenty of shaded regions within the park, but if you notice you're getting muscle cramps, feeling dizzy, or have stopped sweating, you should seek medical attention, which Three Rivers Festival has on site.

"We have EMT's and police closeby, having a festival this big, safety is very very important to us," added Hammer.

But they can't monitor everyone, so they're asking for your help to keep yourself safe in the heat. "We are sprawled out all over downtown, even areas outside of Headwaters east and west and it's a lot for us to be able to make sure that we have EMT's every place, that's why you have to take part also," said Hammer.

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