ACL Fest 2023: Austin wellbeing formal presents basic safety guidelines

Officers with St. David’s said the most popular pageant issues are heat-related sicknesses, alcohol-induced injuries and pedestrian injuries.

AUSTIN, Texas — With the Austin Metropolis Boundaries Music Competition (ACL) kicking off this weekend, wellness officers are warning about popular problems seen throughout ACL and how to avert accidents. 

Payton Bowyer, a trauma injuries avoidance coordinator at St. David’s South Austin Clinical Center, mentioned the greatest health and fitness issues he ordinarily sees for the duration of ACL are heat-related sicknesses, alcoholic beverages-associated accidents and pedestrian accidents.

“Even nevertheless it is getting a small bit cooler for, you know, Texas terms, I would say make confident that you are even now putting on sunscreen and you might be remaining hydrated when you wander in there, track down all those hydration zones so you can go and refill,” Bowyer stated.

Bowyer mentioned anybody drinking liquor through the competition demands to make absolutely sure they’re keeping hydrated as nicely, saying that several people today will not know that liquor can trigger dehydration.

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“So make positive that you are also preserving up with these fluids as properly and be knowledgeable of your environment. I would say also remain with your group since … when you are less than the influence, it’s a small bit a lot easier to reduce your team,” Bowyer reported.

A whole lot of scooters are utilized through the festival and about Downtown Austin, so wellness officers caution pedestrians and drivers to preserve their heads up and continue to be vigilant. 

“A great deal of situations when we are going for walks all around, especially following the pageant, we’re likely to be on our telephones on the lookout for exactly where we’re going to go subsequent, how we are heading to get house, issues like that. But make sure you are holding an eye out and wanting out for individuals vehicles,” Bowyer stated. “And then also, if you are the driver, make guaranteed you are maintaining an eye out for individuals scooters in individuals large crowds and remaining added conscious all-around all those areas.”

Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) and the Austin Police Division (APD) will be on-web site throughout the festival to aid with any emergencies. 

“So if you want anything, I would not wait to arrive at out to them there. That’s what they’re there for. They are there to support you,” Bowyer stated.

If you see nearly anything suspicious or if someone’s having a health care unexpected emergency, connect with 911. For any non-emergencies, connect with 311.

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