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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hazy, Hot and Humid ??? Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Throughout the course of the summer there will be periods of unhealthy high temperatures and humidity. Drink plenty of water throughout the course of each day, wear light colored clothing and take frequents breaks in an air conditioned environment. If someone becomes is sweating profusely with a pale skin color and is ill with any or all of the following symptoms; cramps, light headiness, dizziness, shortness of breath and nausea; remove them to a shady or air conditioned area, provide them with water and cool wet compresses to help reduce their body temperature. These symptoms could indicate that the person is possibly suffering from heat exhaustion. If their condition does not improve within a matter of a couple minutes; call 911.



If a person is experiencing similar symptoms and goes unconscious, does not display signs of sweating and skin color is red; call 911 immediately as this person may be experiencing heat stroke; a life threatening condition. Relocate this person to a shady or air conditioned area, provide cold compresses and loosen clothing in order to reduce this person's body temperature. Do not provide any fluids to an unconscious person.  Hazy, hot and humid conditions are forecast for Prince George's County over the weekend.  Firefighters and Paramedics want you to stay safe and healthy.  Stay informed about weather conditions, Stay Ready and Stay Safe.  To help stay informed we have included the following information from the National Weather Service.  Remember to check on senior citizen neighbors and family members during periods of high heat and keep your pets indoors and provide them plenty of drinking water.



Air Quality for Metropolitan Washington


Friday, June 29
Code Orange: Pollution levels harmful to children and anyone with breathing or heart conditions

Extended Forecast
Saturday 6/30 Orange
Sunday 7/1 Orange

National Weather Service Forecast

Event: Heat Advisory


Alert: ...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM EDT FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM
EDT FRIDAY. THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.


* HEAT INDEX VALUES...AROUND 105 DEGREES.

* TEMPERATURES...UPPER 90S TO AROUND 100 DEGREES.

* IMPACT...RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR OTHER HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS

FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR-CONDITIONING OR THOSE SPENDING TIME
OUTDOORS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.

Instructions: 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...AND CHECK IN ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS. 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. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY - CALL 9 1 1.






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