Code Orange Air Quality Alert


Air Quality Alert is in effect for Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in association with Maryland Department of the Environment, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and District Department of Environment has issued a Code ORANGE Air Quality Alert for the Metropolitan  area.

A Code Orange Air Quality Alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.


Those without air conditioning or who are vulnerable to high temperatures are encouraged to take advantage of these locations during business hours.

These neighborhood facilities are open to all county residents. In addition, residents are encouraged to seek relief in other air-conditioned facilities such as theaters, shopping malls, grocery stores or libraries.

The following permanent cooling center locations will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. During weekend hours, residents should call the facility to check that it is open. All centers will offer a cooling area with seating any time temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher.


Baden Community Center – 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, 301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030

Bladensburg Community Center Park – 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg, 301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512; Información en español: 301-445-4509

Cedar Heights Community Center Park – 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant, 301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768

College Park Community Center Park and Soccer Complex – 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, 301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512

Glassmanor Community Center Park – 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill, 301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030

Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex – 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, 301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768

Hillcrest Heights Community Center Park – 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 301-505-0897

John E. Howard Community Center Park – 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, 301-735-3340; TTY 301-218-6768

Kentland Community Center Park – 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, 301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

Langley Park Community Center – 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville, 301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512

Largo/Perrywood/Kettering Community Park School Center – 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, 301-390-8390; TTY 301-218-6768

Marlow Heights Community Center Park – 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights, 301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030

North Brentwood Community Center Park – 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood, 301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512

Oakcrest Community Park School Center – 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard, Capitol Heights, 301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768

Patuxent Community Center – 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro, 301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030

Peppermill Village Community Center Park – 610 Hill Road, Landover, 301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768

Prince George’s Plaza Community Center – 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, 301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512

Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center Park –6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, 301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512

Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex – 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, 301-749-4160, TTY 301-203-6030

Suitland Community Park School Center – 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, 301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030

Temple Hills Community Center Park – 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, 301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030

Vansville Community Center – 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville, 301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512

The following Senior Centers will be available as cooling centers:

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, 301-449-0490 – open until 4:30 pm weekdays; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, 301-206-3350 – closed Sundays

John E. Howard Senior Activity Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, 301-735-2400 – open until 3:30 pm weekdays and closed weekends

Senior residents and their families should contact the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services Administration on Aging at (301) 265-8450 for information and/or assistance.

Authorities offer these safety tips for handling heat and humidity.

  • Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced or rescheduled for the coolest times of day.
  • Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water.
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings or rooms, and limit time outside if possible.
  • Check up on neighbors who may be more vulnerable to hot weather.
  • Never leave a child, pet, or elderly person alone in a car, even for a minute. This can quickly cause heatstroke and even death. If you see a child, elderly person or pet alone in a car, call 911.
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