Stars and Stripes is one of the favorite events for Southlake Town Square. What is better than celebrating America with friends and fireworks? The Office of Emergency Management wants you to enjoy every minute but with keeping the following tips in mind. This year’s event has longer hours and the Texas heat is expected to be hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk.
Probably the most important rule of the bunch as being hydrated and having water with you will make a world of difference. Even if you aren’t thirsty, you should continue to drink water, sports beverages, or coconut water to stay hydrated. Avoid soda, alcohol (save it for when you’re out of the heat), and coffee as those drinks cause dehydration.
It may not seem like much but taking a few minutes in the shade can provide the relief you need on a hot day. Not everywhere will have access to shade but getting out of the sun for a few minutes will help cool you off. This year we will have two cooling stations located on Main Street that will provide shade and a cool mist.
Opt for lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing. Flowing garments allow air circulation and light-colored fabrics reflect light and heat. This will keep you cooler. Use natural fiber fabrics; cotton, linen, and silk work best in absorbing sweat and allowing the skin to breathe.
Going all day at a festival is already a tiring affair, so be sure to take frequent breaks to hydrate, reapply sunscreen, and relax. The common adage “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” is especially pertinent during periods of extreme heat.
One important thing to know is that Stars and Stripes has emergency medical services on site. The first aid tent is located on the corner of Fountain Place and Grand Avenue. If you begin to experience any of the following heat exhaustion symptoms, please stop by so a friendly paramedic can check you out. Better to be safe than sorry.
We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with you. Stay safe and cool in Southlake and beyond!