Beating the Heat in Branson

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BRANSON, Mo. — The extreme heat isn’t stopping tourists from enjoying the outdoor attractions in Branson.

However, if you plan on braving this kind of heat, there are some things you need to know.

“Pre hydrate before you ever go outside,” said Dr. Todd Baker, Chief of Staff and ER Medical Director at Cox Branson. 

It’s important to drink lots of water or Gatorade — not just while in the heat, but before heading out. 

Dr. Baker says they treat a lot of fatigue and headache related to heat. 

“Uhh..the treatment, the things that we do, the things we see are usually not quite to the heat stroke level, but the treatment is the same,” Dr. Baker said. “You want get indoors, you want to cool off and obviously hydrate as much as possible.”

If you just have to be outside on a hot day, there are signals your body will give you to let you know you may be in trouble. 

“You can eventually start getting worsening of those signs, that will eventually lead to naseua,” said Dr. Baker, “It  can lead to kind of muscle pain and fatigue all over and then just not feeling good ..and usually by that point you know okay, I gotta get some help, or get indoors, or hydrate.”

Then there are those who work outdoors. Craig Westcott, CEO and Co-Owner of “Track Family Fun Parks” says his employees are prepared. 

“We talk a lot about the heat in our stand-up meetings before every shift,” said Westcott,

“Our management team really keeps an eye on our employees…makes sure that everybody looks healthy. And if somebody needs a break or just even a little shot of air-conditioning, for a few minutes, we do that sort of thing,” Westcott saidl

In case you missed it..the best prevention for heat related illnesses is, “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate,” says Dr. Baker.

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