Prepare in advance for excessive heat during weekend events

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- It's going to be a scorcher of a weekend and with several outdoor festivals going on, don't forget to take care of yourself. Santa-Cali-Gon days in Independence was blazing hot all day on Friday.

More than a dozen people suffered heat related illnesses on Friday. None needed to be taken to the hospital, but EMS and fire officials believe it's a sign of what's to come this weekend. Festival organizers are ready to help though.

Cooling tents and misting stations are set up throughout the area. Couple them with dozens of places to get free water and there's plenty of relief if you overheat.

"This is nice when it's a hundred degrees outside. The little bit of cold mist is nice," explained Michael Ward.

One of the cooling tents is being run by staff from Centerpoint Medical Center. Their advice, prepare for the hot temperatures by drinking lots of water the day before you go.

"By the time you feel that you're thirsty, it's too late, you're already getting dehydrated so you need to stay out in front of it," said Kevin Fetters with Centerpoint.

Fetters said just about every tent at the festival has a two-way radio to contact the command center, so help isn't too far way. Plenty of emergency personnel are on hand too.

"If you can flag down one of the Gators that's the best thing, those are EMS guys and gonna be able to take care of you.” Fetters said.

Santa-Cali-Gon runs through Monday.



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