The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert in effect for today, Thursday, June 11 thru Saturday, June 13. Temperatures over the next three days will exceed 90 degrees. Citizens are reminded that extreme heat can be dangerous and even deadly, if precautionary measures to protect themselves, their families and their pets are not taken.
Helpful Tips Include:
- Limiting outdoor activity
- Wear light weight, light colored clothing
- Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water (Avoid drinks with excessive caffeine or alcohol)
- Postpone outdoor activities until late evening or early mornings
- Monitor those at high risk (Infants, Children, Older Adults and Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions and disabilities)
- If you must go outside for work or other activities, take breaks, wear sunscreen, hats, protective gear and drink plenty of water.
- Remember to check on pets and do not leave them in cars for any length of time.
- Be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat stroke: changes in consciousness, vomiting, high body temperatures, throbbing headaches, difficulty in breathing, hallucinations or confusion
Residents in need of relief from the heat are encouraged to seek shelter in air-conditioned facilities such as shopping malls, libraries, grocery stores or movie theaters. We also encourage citizens to utilize one of the designated Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Recreational Facilities to seek relief. These neighborhood facilities are open to County residents during normal business hours.