County Residents Take Pre-Cautionary Measures During First Heat Wave | Community Spirit
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Upper Marlboro, MD – As Prince George’s County prepares for its first heat wave, residents are encouraged to use caution and common sense as the National Weather Service advises temperatures in excess of 90○ or higher with the potential heat index reaching into the 100○s. The Office of Homeland Security warns that extreme heat can be dangerous and even deadly, if citizens do not take precautionary measures to protect themselves and their families.
“Today is expected to be one of the hottest days of the year so far and I am encouraging all residents to be limit outdoor activity and stay hydrated,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “In addition to the cooling centers that have been identified, we have 18 branches of our library system that will be open as well. I am also reminding everyone to check on neighbors, especially the elderly, and pay attention to pets to ensure that they don’t fall victim to the heat.”
As the County prepares to deal with the heat, seven air-conditioned locations have been identified to offer refuge. Two centers will be opened exclusively for Seniors and five for the General Public.
Cooling centers are open for Seniors at the following locations:
· New Carrolton Nutrition Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, MD (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
· Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Cooling centers open for the General Public at the following County locations from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.:
· Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, MD· Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills, MD · Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard, Capitol Heights, MD · Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center, 13820 and 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel, MD
· Palmer Park Community Center, 7720 Barlowe Road, Landover, MD
The Office of Emergency Management and the Prince George’s County Health Department advises citizens on the following tips to avoid heat related illnesses:
· Wear light weight, light colored, and cool clothing.
· Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine or excessive alcohol
· Postponing outdoor activities until late evening or early mornings.
· Prepare foods before the heat of the day arrives and eat small meals.
· Monitor those at high risk.
o Extreme heat can be hazardous to your health and some people are at greater risk than others. Those most at risk for heat-related illnesses include: infants and children, older adults, individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, individuals with disabilities and those that work or exercise outside.
o If you must go outside for work or other activities, take frequent breaks, wear sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and other protective gear and drink plenty of water. When working in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and have others do the same for you. Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present and avoid the hottest period of the day.
· Check on elderly neighbors
· If the power goes out, seek air-conditioned shelters such as shopping malls or libraries.
· Spend time at local pools and take cool baths.
· Do not leave children, infants or pets in cars for any length of time, even if the windows are cracked.
· Remember, heat stroke is a medical emergency and can be fatal it not treated promptly. Call 911 immediately if you see someone experiencing changes in consciousness, vomiting, high body temperatures, throbbing headaches, rapid pulse, difficulty in breathing, hallucinations or confusion.
“The cooling centers provide a healthy safe environment with activities for all individuals,” said Pamela B Creekmur, Prince George’s County Acting Health Officer. “We strongly recommend senior citizens take advantage of the cooling centers if they do not have a cooling system in their home.”
Senior Citizens and their families should contact the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services Administration on Aging at (301) 265-8450 for information and/or assistance. For additional information, please contact the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security at 301-780-8180. Continue to monitor the news and local weather reports for updates and tips.
Furthermore, residents are encouraged to sign up for Notify Me Prince George’s Alerts. Registered subscribers will receive critical, real-time information on situations ranging from weather- related emergencies to traffic alerts.