Staying Cool at Jackson County Fair

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — With triple digit temperatures making a comeback, medical crews are on standby at the Jackson County Fair to help with heat related illnesses.

Most people are focused on the treats and the rides and put sun safety on the back burner at the fair. There’s a lot to see and experience at the fair, from the rides to the treats, but sometimes it can be too much!

Scott Downing runs the Jackson County Fire District Three emergency stand at the fair.

“We give out a lot of Band-Aids, take care of a lot of minor bumps and bruises and scrapes,” he says.

Emergency officials are prepared for even bigger emergencies.

“Their level of consciousness has decreased, they’re not making sense they’re just out of it,” Downing explains. “Where they need to get out of the heat and into the shade some active cooling, maybe some IV therapy, and potentially even transported to the hospital.”

Wednesday, five people were hospitalizes for heat-related illnesses. Cindy Sump knows what it feels like to get sick from the sun.

“You get really dizzy, and you feel really faint and you feel very nauseous and you feel very weak and you want to find shade fast,” Sump described.

So she made sure she and her family were ready for the heat today.

“I just made sure her hair was up and shorts and a t-shirt and out the door we went,” she said.

Just in case someone isn’t as prepared, downing will be there to help.

“It’s a lot of fun there’s a lot to see and a lot to do but think about yourself and take care of yourself; remember the fluids, remember the sunscreen,” Downing cautions.

Fair will continue through the 21st. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tomorrow and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.