Risk of heat exhaustion still there for home football games

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Although temperatures in Fort Worth have dropped slightly, there is still a risk of heat exhaustion for Horned Frog fans at the TCU football games.

Ross Bailey, associate athletics director , said there have been about 10 to 15 cases of heat exhaustion at each TCU home football game this year.

To prevent and deal with cases of heat exhaustion, three teams of paramedics from the Fort Worth Fire Department are positioned at cooling stations under the stands at the football games. The stations are equipped with free water bottles, iced towels, and large fans to help people cool off.

Fans should pre-hydrate with water, wear a hat, use sunscreen, and avoid alcoholic beverages and soft drinks that may be dehydrating, Bailey said.

Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations, said TCU Athletics advises fans to take precautions against the heat and seek help at the first aid stations if necessary.

“The best advice that we give people is to stay hydrated,” Cohen said.

Although outside drinks are not allowed in the stadium, drinks can be purchased at the concession stands and other vendors located under the stands.

According to FEMA, the symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, rise in body temperature, weak pulse, fainting, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, headaches, and skin that is cool, pale or flushed. Other risks from extreme heat include sunburn, heat cramps and heat stroke, which is a severe medical emergency.

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