GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 83rd annual Wyndham Golf Championship is underway in Greensboro, and paramedics have heat safety advice for spectators.
Guilford County EMS said about 75 people requested help during last year's Wyndham Championship for various reasons, including heat-related issues.
Paramedic Emily Olsen is part of the Bicycle Emergency Response Team at the tournament, and said dehydration and heat emergencies are some of her team’s biggest concerns during the event.
“It is very hot and humid. One or two bottles of water out here aren’t going to cut it for people. They need to be drinking a lot more,” Olsen said.
She understands why spectators want to stand in the sun and watch the action, but she advises them to find shade wherever possible.
Olsen said heat-related warning signs to watch for include extreme fatigue, a rapid heart rate, dizziness, rapid breathing and failing to sweat. She advises anyone coming to Wyndham or any other outdoor event to start drinking plenty of water the day before, to apply sunscreen and to take advantage of shaded or air-conditioned areas.
The Wyndham Championship will run through Aug. 7.