Annapolis Opens Cooling Center for Several Days
Annapolis, Md. (6-28-12) –Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees over the next several days. Due to the excessive heat, the City is opening the Pip Moyer Recreation Center as a cooling station for residents.
The Recreation Center, located at 273 Hilltop Lane, will be available to residents from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1.
Mayor Josh Cohen advises residents to check on family members and neighbors who live without air conditioning. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), elderly people (65 years and older), infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress.
Symptoms of heat-related illness:
• Heat cramps - These are muscle contractions that are connected to heat and dehydration.
• Heat exhaustion – This is also a result of excessive heat and dehydration. The signs of heat exhaustion are paleness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, fainting and increased temperature.
• Heatstroke - This is the most severe form of heat illness. These people have warm, flushed skin and do not sweat. This is considered a critical medical emergency. These patients must have their temperature reduced quickly and taken directly to the hospital.
The CDC offers the following advice when dealing with extreme heat:
• During conditions of extreme heat, spend time in locations with air-conditioning such as shopping malls, public libraries or public health-sponsored heat-relief shelters in your area.
• Get informed. Listen to local news and weather channels or contact your local public health department during extreme heat conditions for health and safety updates.
• Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages and increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level.
• During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
• During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour.