CMA Fest: Heat A Concern As Temps Hit 90s

Posted at 1:38 PM, Jun 08, 2018

Heat remains a concern for festival goers as temperatures in the Middle Tennessee area soar into the mid-90s. 

CMA Fest officials said 520 people were treated on day one for heat-related illnesses, sunburn, alcohol overconsumption and blisters from improper foot care. 

Heat related illness is the primary concern for the LifeFlight Event Medicine team. 

“Festival attendees should be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion,” said Jared McKinney, M.D., assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and medical director for the Event Medicine division of LifeFlight. “If you are feeling light-headed or dizzy, or experience headache, nausea, vomiting or other concerning symptoms, please ask for assistance to get to the first aid tent or ask for evaluation from one of our medics.” 

Festival goers should take measures to stay hydrated. CMA officials said 40 misting fans are throughout the festival’s footprint, as well as free water stations at official festival stages at Ascend Park, on Broadway, at Riverfront Park and Walk of Fame Park. 

There are also several locations selling water for $1. 

Don’t forget, alcohol can worsen dehydration by interfering with the body’s ability to sweat. 

Remember to drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty. By the time you feel thirsty, you are often already dehydrated. 

CMA Fest will continue to message heat safety tips to fans through the CMA Fest app and at official stages.