Paramedics ramp up for hot Sunday at State Fair

10:14 PM, Aug 24, 2013   |    comments
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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - With a heat index expected to hit 105 degrees on Sunday, health officials at the Minnesota State Fair say more paramedics and ambulances will be on hand to assist in heat-related cases.

"We expect a busy day," said Dr. Bjorn Peterson with Regions EMS. "We saw several cases of dehydration (on Saturday)."

Paramedics treated 40 people Saturday with heat-related issues. They average 30 on a normal day at the fair.

"We will be monitoring folks, but if you're with family at the fair, monitor each other, too," says Peterson. "Especially, keep your eye on those with preexisting health conditions."

Fair officials will have several misting stations available and places to find drinking water.

"The fair foods people eat can dehydrate you, so make sure your rehydrating," says Peterson.

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