Cooling Center Open in Annapolis
Heat Advisory in Effect until 7:00 p.m.
Annapolis, MD (7-2-14) Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that the City of Annapolis will open the Pip Moyer Recreation Center today, July 2, as a cooling center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Center is located at 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis and residents utilizing the facility as a cooling center will not have access to recreation actives.
The City of Annapolis is under a Heat Advisory from noon until 7:00 p.m. Today’s highs will reach the 90's with the heat index (feels-like temperature) of 105.
Mayor Pantelides advises residents to check on family members and neighbors who live without air conditioning. According to the Centers for Disease Control, elderly people (65 years and older), infants, children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress.
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
Anyone needing transportation to the cooling center should call 410-216-9167.
Never leave small children or pets unattended in vehicles. Temperatures inside the vehicle can rapidly climb to 130 degrees.
Fire Chief David L. Stokes Sr. warns of the problems that come with the extreme heat, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. He said that crews usually experience an increase in medical calls during extended periods of hot weather.
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.