Northwest Iowa — A number of festivals and celebrations are being held this weekend in northwest Iowa, but if you’re planning to attend, you need to take steps to keep yourself, and those around you, safe from the forecast high temperatures.
RiseFest will be in Sheldon this weekend, Primghar will hold Cobblestone Days, and Rock Rapids celebrates Heritage Days this weekend. Combine these outdoor celebrations with abundant sunshine and temperatures forecast to reach well into the 90’s, and the danger of heat-related illness can quickly become reality.
Judy Nieuwenhuis is with the O’Brien County Public Health Office, and she offers some tips for staying safe in the heat.
She says sports drinks, like Gatorade, are also good for keeping you hydrated.
Nieuwenhuis says it’s important to watch for the warning signs of dehydration.
She says it’s also important to watch out for the people around you.
Nieuwenhuis says you should wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing, and she says the portable misting fans are helpful, as well. In fact, she says any spray bottle can be used to spritz yourself with a mist of water, and help beat the heat.