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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Prince George's County Feeling the Heat

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory from Sunday, August 9, 2009, until 10:00 PM, Monday, for Prince George’s County and the National Capital Region. A large ridge of high pressure is producing the hottest temperatures of the year to the area. Temperatures are expected to reach into the nineties combined with a moderately high humidity; the heat index may approach 105°.

With high heat and humidity upon us in Prince George’s County the men and women of your Fire/EMS Department want you to stay informed and take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Temperatures in the nineties, combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions.

Your best protection is to stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.

At Work

• Avoid the heat
• Reduce activity
• Drink plenty of water

Outdoors

• Wear light colored clothing
• Drink plenty of water
• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade

At Home

• Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly
• Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment
• Eat smaller meals, more often
• Take cool baths
• Make sure pets have access to water and shade

Public Safety Dispatchers stated that the Fire/EMS activity level has been normal for a Sunday with a slight upswing in emergency medical calls. These EMS related calls may or may not be heat related in nature.

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