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PGA fans warned to prepare for heat

Pittsford, N.Y. --- Thursday afternoon Pittsford Ambulance crews were busy with a large number of heat related illnesses at Oak Hill Country Club.

Between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. alone they handled 20 calls for spectators suffering from dehydration, heat stroke, or other heat-related medical complaints.

Christopher Forsyth, Director of Operations for Pittsford Ambulance, said many spectators don't plan for the heat and humidity that can overtake them in the course of ten or twelve hours on the golf course.

While there was a pleasant breeze throughout much of Thursday the humidity was evident and fans will experience more heat when working their way through crowds, walking up and down hills on the course, and carrying bags or lawn chairs.

Forsyth also points out that many medications people take, including allergy medicine that is common for many spending a whole day outside, can add to dehydration.

Pittsford Ambulance is recommending fans prepare for the day and immediately buy a bottle of water upon entering the Oak Hill grounds. Then refill it every hour at free water fountains to maintain hydration. Also be aware of the times when you're not sweating because those are often the moments you're more dehydrated than you think.

Sean Carroll, 13WHAM-TV
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