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Beat the heat
Follow these tips to keep tented events cool and safe in warm months.

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Heat-related illness
The Center for Construction
Research and Training advises that
outdoor workers learn the signs of
heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat exhaustion is a precursor
to heat stroke. Signs of heat
exhaustion include:
* headache
* nausea
* dizziness
* weakness
* thirst
* heavy sweating
* high body temperature
* low urine output
Signs of heat stroke include:
* confusion
* slurred speech
* seizures
* hot, dry skin or
profuse sweating
* unconsciousness
* high body temperature
If a coworker shows signs
of heat stroke, call 911. Get the
worker to shade and cool him or
her down by removing clothing,
wetting with cool water and ice,
and fanning. Encourage frequent
sips of water.
For more, visit www.cpwr.com.

50 intents

june-july 2019

ith 18 holes to play in summer's
desert-like heat, golf tournaments
are always looking for ways to keep players and spectators cool.
One golf association hosts an annual
tournament in Palm Desert, Calif., where
temperatures can exceed 95 degrees F.
This elite event had struggled to keep
its VIP tent cool. With three clear plastic
sides, the tent becomes like a greenhouse,
making it extremely hard to control and
maintain the desired temperature.
The golf association worked with a
temporary power and cooling vendor
to create a comfortable environment,
resulting in a space that never exceeded
74 degrees F despite battling the "greenhouse effect," the soaring summer temperatures and a tent full of people. The
temperature, well below the customer's
original parameters, kept everyone cool
and safe.
Whether you're producing a golf
event, concert or private party, it is
essential to think about an event's cooling needs to keep everyone comfortable and prevent heat-related issues
ranging from food safety, presentation
and equipment functioning to speaker/
entertainer performance and guests'
desire to attend again. Here are some
tips to keep your event cool, comfortable
and safe.

It is not one size fits all

Every event is unique, with various
factors to consider such as weather

conditions, venue size and number of
people. When cooling an event, you must
examine the size and type of tent (clear
top or walls, translucent fabric or blackout
fabric, hard or soft walls) to determine the
best course of action. The rule of thumb
is one ton of cooling for every 100 square
feet for tents with solid tops and walls. For
tents with transparent plastic walls, you
may need three to four times more cooling because of the "greenhouse effect"
mentioned in the earlier case study.
Also, the temporary cooling system
needs to compensate for the number of
guests, since people create a lot of heat in
the tent as well. So, work with a vendor
with large-crowd experience to design a
sophisticated cooling system to meet the
needs of the event.

Effective preplanning

Air conditioning is sometimes the last
thing event planners consider, which can
be a costly mistake, as some prior event
logistics decisions often drive cooling
costs up unnecessarily.
Not only can air-conditioning systems
be complex to cool the venue efficiently,
but early planning is required to ensure
the equipment doesn't spoil the aesthetics of the space. Equipment often
needs to fit within a tight space and may
require cabling and air ducting to get
the power, heating, cooling and airflow
to where they're needed.
Additionally, advance planning helps
ensure more accurate budgeting.


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