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Code Blue extended through Tuesday

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-19 15:36:06-05

Temperatures are expected to remain in the teens over the next few days and the wind chill is expected to continue. Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa has extended the previously announced Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Baltimore City through Tuesday morning, January 21.

“With dangerously cold temperatures expected, I am extending the Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration through Tuesday morning. I encourage residents to stay indoors,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa. “Please be sure to check on neighbors who may be at risk to ensure they have heat and power, and take care to shelter pets.”

The Health Commissioner may declare a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert when temperatures, including wind chill, are expected to be 13˚F or below or when other conditions are severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable Baltimore citizens.

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has reported three cold weather related deaths in Baltimore City so far this Code Blue Extreme Cold season.

Cold Weather Tips for Staying Healthy:

• Wear multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing.

• Always wear a head covering, like a hat and/or scarf, when outdoors.

• Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcoholic beverages.

• Protect yourself against falls in icy or snowy conditions by walking slowly and avoiding steps or curbs with ice on them.

• Check on those who are most vulnerable including children, the elderly and/or chronically ill.

• Provide appropriate shelter for domestic animals.

Other Tips for Keeping Safe in Cold Weather:

• Keep space heaters and candles away from flammable materials, such as curtains, furniture and loose clothing.

• Check your carbon monoxide detector and make sure it’s working.

• Do not use prohibited heat or power sources inside your home, such as stoves or generators. They may cause fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

• Do not leave your car running in a closed space such as a garage.

Residents are encouraged to contact 311 if a neighbor is without heat or power so that city agencies can assist them. Energy assistance may be available to those who need it. For more information, individuals may contact their nearest Community Action Partnership (CAP) Center.

• Northern CAP Center (5225 York Road, 21212) – 410-396-6084

• Northwest CAP Center (3939 Reisterstown Road, 21215) – 443-984-1384

• Southern CAP Center (606 Cherry Hill Road, 21225) – 410-545-0900

• Southeast CAP Center (3411 Bank Street, 21224) – 410-545-6518

• Eastern CAP Center (1731 E. Chase Street, 21213) – 410-545-0136

For more information about Baltimore City’s Code Blue Extreme Cold Plan, visit the Health Department’s website [lnks.gd].

For other cold-related inquiries and service requests, or to find a nearby homeless shelter, residents can call 311 or 211.