Dangerous heat wave starts just before the weekend

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Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 23 at 8:28 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- And the phrase hazy, hot and humid is taking on a life of its own for the next few days.

Heat advisories are now underway in Kentuckiana as a dangerous heat wave has started just before the weekend and your plans.

Before you even get to the state fair it's important to already be hydrated. Dehydration and heat exhaustion can come on quick and if you are getting thirsty it means you are already slightly dehydrated.

“One of things you need to look out for is if they stop sweating, that’s a big indication of heat stroke. Warm skin,  just feeling really drained,  not feeling well at all,  vomiting,  dizziness, all of those symptoms,  almost flu-like symptoms, almost, but it comes on very rapidly,” Becky Allendorf, the manger of First Aid Services of Red Cross, said.

The good thing is that there is plenty of places indoors at the fair and you can take some time to cool off in the AC but if you spend time outside know what to look for to keep you safe.

"We have several water stations lots of places you can buy lemonade, you can get water, all of those kinds of things so that you can quench your thirst. It's important to us that everyone who comes out feels safe and comfortable as they come to the state fair this year," Rip Rippetoe, the President Kentucky State Fair board, said.

Extra staff is also on hand patrolling the outside looking for signs of people in need of aid. Any employee of the fair can get in touch with first aid to get you help or you can call 367-5488.

"…We have personnel that are going to be watching for signs of heat exhaustion and all those kinds of things. The safety and health of our patrons and livestock is very important to us,“ Rippetoe said.


 

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