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Jamboree is here! Turn on the oven!

July 15, 2013 - Taste Buds
Does anyone else find it coincidental that Jamboree in the Hills week is also the HOTTEST week of the year? Aside from the Mud Bowl years, it seems like the Ohio Valley's annual hot spell rolls in with all the campers on Monday morning.

Local forecasts this week call for temps right around 90, along with a blast of humidity just for good measure. Of course!

So if you're camping or planning to attend the event - especially on Saturday and Sunday when the temps are the most blazing hot - make sure you stay cool.

First, and most importantly, make sure you drink plenty of fluids. And no, this doesn't mean adult beverages only! Keep in mind, alcohol can dehydrate you, so if you insist on having your favorite icy cold drink, make sure you alternate with another icy cold drink - WATER. You could also consider drinking something with electrolytes, like Gatorade or a similar sports drink. Come on, it's not that bad. At least it will keep you out of the emergency tent - we're pretty sure it's no fun in there.

This one is never a problem for the JITH crowd, but make sure you wear loose, lightweight clothing. However, be sure to use sunscreen, and reapply it every few hours, especially if you're sweating a lot. Don't forget your ears, your feet, and the part in your hair! Dig out your cowboy hat and wear it proudly. Not only will you fit right in with the rest of the crowd, but you'll also help keep the sun off your face and shoulders.

If you feel yourself overheating, find some shade. In fact, if you or your friends complain of a headache, nausea, dizziness or fatigue and are sweating heavily, it may be a sign of heat exhaustion. Move yourself or your friend to a cool, shaded area, drink water or electrolyte drinks and apply cool, wet cloths to cool the skin. If not treated quickly, heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke, which is a life threatening situation.

Someone suffering from heat stroke could have any or all signs of heat exhaustion but more severe, an absence of sweating, red or flushed hot skin, rapid pulse, and difficulty breathing. Serious symptoms include seizure, convulsions, collapse, and loss of consciousness. If you think your friend is suffering from heat stroke, get them first aid IMMEDIATELY - don't wait for them to "tough it out." Seconds count! Nobody wants to mark what was supposed to be a good time with a tragedy.

Most importantly, HAVE FUN! If you pace yourself and take some simple precautions for being in the sun and heat, you should be well on your way to enjoying the country music party of the year!


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