Released on July 26, 2010 - 10:31am
Jul 26

Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced that due to the heat and humidity forecasted for today, Monday, July 26, 2010, combined with the power outages from Sunday’s storms, the City of Laurel will utilize the Anderson-Murphy Community Center, located at 422 Montgomery Street, as a cooling center during its normal hours of operation from 9:00am – 9:00pm. Residents are asked to please bring their own water and snacks if they decide to take advantage of the Armory as a cooling station. 

Temperatures in the low nineties, combined with high humidity and power outages may create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions. Children should reduce outdoor activities, healthy individuals should limit strenuous outdoor work or exercise, and individuals with respiratory or heart ailments should limit all outdoor activities.  Also, stay well hydrated.  Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface.  If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature.  The best thing to drink is water.  Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good.  Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Avoid heavy physical exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present.  High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.

Tips to follow during the high heat and humidity:     

At Work
• Avoid the heat
• Reduce activity
• Drink plenty of water

Outdoors
• Wear light-colored clothing
• Drink plenty of water
• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade

At Home
• Please check on relatives, neighbors and friends, especially the elderly during the extreme heat and humidity of summer.
• Never leave children or pets unattended in a car.  This is extremely hazardous and frequently causes serious health issues and can very easily cause death.
• Do NOT leave pets outside unattended during the day. Animals sweat by panting when they are extremely hot, so they need to be kept indoors when the temperatures and humidity reach extreme levels.  

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2010
Contact:   James Collins, Public Information Officer
               301-725-5300, ext. 244
                E-Mail: [email protected] 

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