City declares first code red heat day of summer
Tips on how to stay safe in the heat
Baltimore Times Staff | 7/8/2013, 6 a.m.
BALTIMORE The Baltimore City Health Department issued the first code red heat alert of the summer on Sunday, July 7.
With temperatures expected to remain in the 90s for the rest of the week, here's a few tips to help you stay cool and safe.
The Baltimore City Health Department recommends that City residents:
Drink plenty of water or juice
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Wipe skin with cool water as needed
Reduce outside activities
Wear light-weight and light-colored clothing
Stay inside during the hottest time of day (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
Seek relief from the heat in air-conditioned locations
Check on older, sick or frail people in your community who may need help responding to the heat
City residents who want information on the cooling centers can call 311. Any City resident experiencing the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke should call 911.
Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke:
Cool and clammy skin
Symptoms of heat stroke include:
Hot, dry, flushed skin
Rapid or slowed heart beat
Seek medical help immediately if any of the above symptoms occur.