'Code Red' extreme heat alert issued for Wednesday
List of opened cooling centers
9:26 PM, Aug 7, 2018
9:31 PM, Aug 7, 2018
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Health Commissioner declared a code red extreme weather alert due to over 100 degrees weather expected on Wednesday, August 8.
“Heat is a silent killer and a public health threat, particularly for the young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions,” Dr. Wen said. “All residents should protect against hyperthermia and dehydration. It’s important to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay in touch with your neighbors, especially seniors and medically frail individuals who live alone or without air conditioning during times of extreme heat.”
Additionally, ShopRite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave, 21207) will be open as a community cooling center during their regular hours. The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will also extend pool hours.
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.