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Baltimore Health Commissioner issues 'code red alert' due to weekend extreme heat

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Posted at 8:05 PM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 20:10:12-04

Baltimore Health Commissioner declares the first a 'code red' extreme heat alert this season for Sunday.

Extreme heat is supposed to hit the Baltimore area with over 100 degrees on Sunday with temperatures over 90 degrees expected over the next few days. 

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“Hundreds of people die every year from heat-related illness,” said Dr. Wen. “Heat is a silent killer and a threat to the health of everyone in our city, particularly the young, the elderly and those with chronic diseases. In weather like this, it’s important for everyone to protect against hyperthermia and dehydration.”

Officials urge Baltimore residents to take health precautions over the next few days. In doing so, the Baltimore City Health Department suggests that:

1. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine

2. Reduce outside activities and stay inside in air-conditioned locations

3. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, even for short periods of time

4. Check on older, sick, or frail neighbors who may need help in the heat

5. Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke 

The Health Commissioner may declare a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert during periods of heat that are severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable Baltimore citizens.