NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) - Norfolk Festevents is prepared for heat related illnesses that might distress patrons at the annual Town Point Jazz Festival Friday evening.
"We'll have a first aid tent here, and everybody's on high alert," said Karen Scherberger, with Norfolk Festevents. "If anybody is having difficulties with the heat, we'll have paramedics here to respond. We've got fans in the paramedic tent trying to create as many pockets of shade as we can."
Scherberger also told WAVY.com that people can keep cool by buying cold water and other drinks from concessionaires and by using umbrellas, although they might have to take them down during some performances.
Dr. Jeffrey Smith at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center said three people were admitted there this week with heat related illnesses and even more came in with symptoms.
His best advice is this: "Try to stay out of the heat. The biggest thing when you stay in heat is losing fluids. You start becoming dehydrated, and that's sort of the root of all evil in heat illnesses, being dehydrated."
Smith recommends sports drinks and water to stay hydrated.
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