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Cooling Center Open in Annapolis - July 18

Heat Advisory in Effect until 9:00 p.m.

Annapolis, MD (7-18-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced that the City of Annapolis will open the Pip Moyer Recreation Center today, July 18, as a cooling center until 9:00 p.m.

The Center is located at located at 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.

The City of Annapolis is under a Heat Advisory until 9:00 p.m.  Today’s high will reach near 100 degrees with the heat index (feels-like temperature) of 105.
 
A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. 
 
•    Drink plenty of fluids
•    Stay in an air-conditioned room
•    Stay out of the sun
•    Check on elderly relatives and neighbors
•    Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible

Never leave small children or pets unattended in vehicles. Temperatures inside the vehicle can rapidly climb to 130 degrees.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. 
 
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
•    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.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911.