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Football fans urged to avoid dehydration and other warm weather hazards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bright, sunny September days are perfect for college football, but there are some warm weather hazards that fans should be aware of, such as too much sun and not enough drinking water.

Here are some tips from University of Iowa medical experts:

* Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Water is best, but you can also drink fruit juices, sports drinks and caffeine-free soft drinks. Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can actually cause dehydration. Water cups will be available and water stations will be located in each corner of the stadium, UI athletic officials note.

Beverage bottles, including bottled water, are not allowed in the stadium. For the convenience of fans who bring bottled water to the stadium, paper cups will be available at all gates.

* Exercise caution when out in the sun. Wear a hat and apply sun block to minimize exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Use a sun block with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. The most harmful rays occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and people with fair skin are most prone to sunburn.

* Watch out for yellow jackets, a type of wasp frequently confused with bees. They're attracted to sugar-based refreshments, including soft drinks. They also like perfumes and bright floral colors. People who are allergic to bee or wasp stings should carry an antiphylactic medication prescribed by a physician.

* If you are taking prescribed medications, bring them to the game, especially if you're taking heart medication. If you forget or run out, a temporary supply of most medications can be arranged through the Kinnick Stadium Aid Station located on the concourse at the south end of the stadium.

8/24/98