Labor Day events will go on despite heat wave

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It is going to be a hot Labor Day Weekend 2013.  But, it is possible to enjoy all the holiday festivals and avoid heat sickness.

The St. Nicholas Greek Festival is going to offer a little more than food and drink.  Organizers said two physicians will be on-site in case anyone gets sick or injured.  It also helped that the grills and tents were nestled in the heart of the Washington University Medical complex.  The St. Louis Fire Department was also expected to bring engines with sprinklers, so people could keep cool while running from tent to tent grabbing baklava, spanakopita, or just a burger.

Firefighters often come to any outdoor festival, to offer medical support no matter the weather.  So, fire departments are sure to be busy the entire weekend all over the metro area.

St. Nicholas Greek Festival
Friday Kickoff event 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
4967 Forest Park Parkway
St. Louis, MO  63108
http://www.sngoc.org/content/welcome-st-nicholas-greek-festival-2013

Big Muddy Blues Festival
Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. – 11p.m.
Laclede’s Landing
St. Louis, MO 63101
http://bigmuddybluesfestival.com/

Midwest Wing Fest
Friday 5 – 11 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
St. Clair Square Mall
134 Saint Clair Square
Fairview Heights, IL  62208
http://www.midwestwingfest.com/directions.html

These are ways you can make sure you stay at the party, instead of leaving early in an ambulance because of heat sickness.  These tips are from the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross.

·        Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
·        Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
·        Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
·        Eat small meals and eat more often.
·        Avoid extreme temperature changes.
·        Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors, because they absorb the sun’s rays.
·        Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
·        Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors
·        Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
·        Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are safe.

Get more information from the American Red Cross.

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