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Extreme Summer Heat Prompts Cooling Centers to Open

The county's fire department has issued a release regarding the high heat and humidity.

Summer heat has arrived, with highs in the upper 90s, leading to high humidity and poor air quality. 

It's gotten so bad in fact, that Anne Arundel County officials have issued an extreme heat advisory, and are opening cooling centers around the county.

The following tips to stay safe in the summer heat were issued by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department:

  • Limit outside activities to early morning and early evening.
  • Limit exercise regiment.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water is best, non-alcoholic beverages are good.
  • When possible, stay out of direct sunlight and wear sun-screen.  
  • Spend time in air conditioned spaces—such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theaters.
  • If air conditioning is not available, take cool baths or showers.
  • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing, dress for summer. 
  • Never leave a child or pet unattended in a car. The temperature inside a vehicle can exceed 150 degrees.

Children, the elderly and those people with chronic ailments are usually the first to feel the effects of episodes of high heat and humidity. Use care in planning activities with these groups, regularly check on elderly neighbors.

The following cooling centers will be open Wednesday and Thursday around the county:

North County

  • Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Ln., Brooklyn Park—8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie—8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • AACO Police Northern District Community Meeting Room, 939 Hammonds Ln., Glen Burnie—7 a.m. to 7 a.m. (24 hours)

West County

  • O’Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton—8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • AACO Police Western District Community Meeting Room, 8273 Telegraph Rd., Odenton—7 a.m to 7 a.m. (24 hours)

East County

  • Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Rd., Pasadena—8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • AACO Police Eastern District Community Meeting Room, 3700 Mountain Rd., Pasadena—7 a.m. to 7 a.m. (24 hours)

South County

  • Annapolis Senior Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., Annapolis—8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Ln., Edgewater—8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • AACO Police Southern District Community Meeting Room, 35 Stepneys Ln., Edgewater—7 a.m. to 7 a.m. (24 hours)
Anna Staver June 20, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Hey, Don. Those are some great ideas. Would you consider putting them together into a blog post and posting it to Patch? I could feature it on the website. I think readers would be really interested in your tips. If you don't know how to create a blog post, email me. It's pretty easy once you know how, and thanks for the suggestions.
Scott Gruber June 20, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Great ideas Don. Need to try the one with the hose on the AC Coils
MD Resident June 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Also remember: if you leave your dog outside at all, ensure he has plenty of shade and fresh water. If possible, don't leave him out too long. If you don't have grass, please remember if the sidewalk/pavement is too hot for your bare feet, it is likely too hot for his pads.
Carolyn Blakeney June 22, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Please be aware of elderly pets as well. I foolishly allowed my senior cat Joey (who is also blind) to go out this afternoon for about 15 minutes, thinking he would stay in the shade. He did not, and I snatched him up, brought him inside, whereupon he immediately collapsed on the tile floor. It took a while for him to be able to get up. Elderly pets, just like elderly or very young family members, do not have the strength to withstand this kind of heat. Keep them out of the heat.

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