With hot, muggy weather on tap for the College World Series the Omaha Fire Department is passing along some safety tips for those attending the games this week:
• Drink more fluids than usual (non-alcoholic). Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink.
• Do not drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
• Avoid very cold drinks as they can cause the stomach to cramp.
• Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
• Never leave anyone, including pets, in a closed, parked vehicle
• People who are at greater risk for heat related illness are infants and young children, people over the age of 65, and people who are already ill.
• Try to stay in shady areas
• Don’t overexert yourself physically
• Wear sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or greater.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion include but are not limited to:
• Headache, dizziness or fainting
• Irritability or confusion
• Weakness and wet skin
• Thirst, nausea, or vomiting
Symptoms of Heat Stroke include but are not limited to:
• Confusion, unable to think clearly, passing out, collapse, of seizures
• May stop sweating
The Omaha Fire Department will have paramedics at and around TD Ameritrade Park during College World Series games. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 or locate an OFD member.
Our goal is for everyone to enjoy the CWS safely and healthy.
For more information, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control Website at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp