Anne Arundel County is opening cooling centers for resident's to seek relief of the heat on Labor Day, the county government announced Monday.
Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid to upper 90s with oppressive humidity raising the heat index to feel hotter than 100 degrees. The heat and humidity also contribute to poor air quality conditions.
A full list of county cooling centers can be seen below. Residents needing transportation to any of these centers can contact the Office of Transportation between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 410-222-0022. All centers have air conditioning, water, and restrooms, but they are not medical facilities. Pets are not permitted at the centers, though accommodations will be made for animals.
Anne Arundel County Police will designate District Station Community Rooms at the following Precincts as cooling centers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
- Northern District: 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
- Eastern District: 204 Pasadena Rd, Pasadena
- Western District: 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
- Southern District: 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
County officials remind residents to take steps to avoid heat-related health issues, such as:
- Drinking more fluids, regardless of activity level, and especially if you are participating in outdoor activities
- Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine, or large amounts of sugar, as they could dehydrate or cause cramps
- Stay indoors if possible, and in air conditioning if available. If you do not have access to air conditioning, use the Cooling Centers listed above
- Wear light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- DO NOT leave people or animals in closed, parked vehicles
- Check in on vulnerable people, like those over 65, young children, and the mentally disabled or physically ill