Red Cross Helping Beat the Heat

By WEEK Producer

July 10, 2011 Updated Jul 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM CDT

With the Heart of Illinois Fair bringing in thousands to the area, one local group's goal is to make their visit to Peoria a safe one.

The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter has set up a first aid station at the fair for their 22nd year.

The Red Cross says that last year they treated 50-80 fair attendees, with most injuries being minor.

With the temperature spiking in to the 90's all week, the Red Cross is making a point to be prepared to help fair-goers fight dehydration.

Sheila Seals, an American Red Cross Instructor had this to say about keeping it cool, "We're prepared to make sure that we're able to cool them off sufficiently, we're able to make sure that they have water, and some type of Gatorade or something that is going to help being up their electrolytes. That's our main concern, is making sure that people realize that it's a hot day and you can have some type of heat related emergency, so stay well hydrated and take plenty of breaks."

The Red Cross will be at the fair every day from 4pm-11pm.

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