Code Orange Alert in Baltimore brings heat, unhealthy air quality

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 18:26:27-04

Baltimore City is under a Code Orange alert Wednesday, bringing high temperatures and unhealthy air quality for vulnerable groups.

Temperatures are expected to hit above 90 degrees this week, with a heat index to reach nearly 100 degrees. Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner is encouraging residents to take precaution by staying indoors and hydrated during the heat wave.

“Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of people dying and thousands becoming ill every year,” Wen said in a news release. “Heat waves are silent killers and a public health threat, particularly for the young, the elderly and those in our city who are the most vulnerable.”

Those without air conditioning or who are outdoors for extended periods of time face a higher risk of heat-related illnesses.

During this time, the Baltimore City Health Department recommends that residents:

• Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine
• Reduce outside activities and stay inside in air-conditioned locations
• Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, even for short periods of time
• Check on older, sick, or frail neighbors who may need help responding to the heat
• Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which include:

  • Confusion
  • Hot, dry, flushed skin or cool and clammy skin
  • Lighheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Call 911 immediately if any of these symptoms occur

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