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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Another Hazy, Hot and Humid Period - Safety Info and Cooling Centers

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.

Heat Related Illness

If someone 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 next couple of days.  Firefighters and Paramedics want you to stay safe and healthy.  Stay informed about weather conditions, Stay Ready and Stay Safe.  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.

Stay Informed throughout the day by monitoring media updates on the radio, TV and Internet.

Stay Ready – by being prepared with plenty of water and an emergency kit.  Visit www.READY.Gov for additional info on your kit.

Stay Safe – Always use good common sense in matters of safety and health – remember – Safety First so Everyone Goes Home!!!

The following is information concerning Cooling Centers located throughout the County

Prince George’s County Cooling Center Locations 
(July 16 thru July 20, 2012) 
The National Weather Service continues to issue extreme heat and humidity conditions for Prince George’s County and surrounding jurisdictions. 

The following cooling centers will be available to seniors and residents to offer air-conditioned refuge.  

Cooling Center for Senior Citizens from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:

·       Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD
Cooling Centers open for the General Public at the following County locations and hours:
from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

·         Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum  
·         Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 
·         Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard, Capitol Heights
·         Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center, 13820 and 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel
·         Palmer Park Community Center, 7720 Barlowe Road, Landover
County residents should also be mindful of their neighborhood Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s recreational facilities and utilize libraries, shopping centers and malls to keep cool.  For additional information, please contact the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management at 301-780-8313.

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