Jul 19, 2013 8:15 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Staying hydrated is key to heat safety at the Mid-State Fair

The City of Paso Robles saw and felt triple-digit heat on Friday, and with the California Mid-State Fair in town, it has event organizers reminding visitors to stay hydrated.

Phil Magri, a firefighter and paramedic for the Paso Robles Fire Department, said the hotter the temperatures get, the more people and patients they see in the Emergency Services area of the fair. Magri said they treated at least 18 patients, most of them for heat-related injuries.

"Staying long hours in the heat, especially if you don't stay hydrated, and you spend a lot of hours working on rides, walking on the asphalt, which can get even more hot," said Magri.

Magri suggested that fair visitors drink up, not necessarily on alcoholic beverages, but stay hydrated, especially with water.

Vincent Castillo, an employee at a fresh-fruit smoothie stand, said smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated.

He said, "It has all the water nutrients you need and vitamins, and we have ice in there to cool you down too."

And if all the liquids still aren't cooling you off, fair officials said every building has air-conditioning, and there are even massive devices called "Port-a-Cools" that are scattered throughout the fair.

The emergency services personnel said they also provide advanced life support and suggest those with pre-existing medical conditions be extra cautious at the fair, especially with the very hot temperatures Paso Robles will be seeing as it goes into the weekend.

Fair officials said emergency personnel had seen about 8 patients as of 5pm on Friday afternoon for heat-related issues.



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