COLUMBIA, Md. — A Heat Safety Advisory has been issued in Howard County for Tuesday/
Conditions may post a danger to some residents, particularly those with health issues, said Howard County Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman in a statement about the advisory. Residents can find cooling respite in Howard County Libraries during normal hours, or at one or more than 50 county centers.
Rossman enumerated the following precautions residents should take to avoid heat-related issues for themselves or those in their care:
- Stay well hydrated and avoid drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages
- Stay out of the sun, particularly during the peak hours for heat between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you are outside, take frequent breaks and seek shade.
- Check on elderly friends, family members, and neighbors.
- Don’t leave pets outside for prolonged periods, particuarly without shade cover or water.
- NEVER leave a child or pet unattended in a parked car or hot environment.
Residents should be cognizant of the symptoms of heat-related illness, which include extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, headache, possible vomiting, fainting, dry red skin, and high body temperature. If someone is experiencing these symptoms 911 should be contacted.