Harford County is opening "cooling centers" Sept. 4-6 to provide relief as heat index temperatures are expected to exceeded 105 degrees.
Harford County Public Libraries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
The branch locations of Harford County Public Library are as follows:
- Aberdeen – 21 Franklin Street, Aberdeen, Maryland 21001
- Abingdon – 2510 Tollgate Road Abingdon, Maryland 21009
- Bel Air – 100 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland 21014
- Darlington – 1134 Main Street, Darlington, Maryland 21034 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday, 12 pm. to 5 p.m. Thursday)
- Edgewood – 629 Edgewood Road, Edgewood, Maryland 21040
- Fallston – 1461 Fallston Road, Fallston, Maryland 21047
- Havre de Grace – 120 N. Union Avenue, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
- Jarrettsville – 3722 Norrisville Road, Jarrettsville, Maryland 21084
- Joppa – 655 Towne Center Drive, Joppa, Maryland 21085
- Norrisville – 5310 Norrisville Road, White Hall, Maryland 21161
- Whiteford – 2407 Whiteford Road, Whiteford, Maryland 21160
The Harford County Health Department reminds residents that heat-related illness can show may signs, such as heat fatigue, dizziness after exertion, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when someone's internal temperature reaches 104 degrees. Call 911 immediate if someone is suffering from heat stroke.
Residents can take steps to avoid such heat-related health issues by doing the following:
- 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 in the heat
- Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which include:
- Hot, dry, flushed skin or cool and clammy skin
- Call 911 immediately if any of these symptoms occur