Released on July 6, 2010 - 6:36pm
Jul 06

Mayor Craig A. Moe would like the residents of Laurel to know that due to the high heat and humidity in the upcoming days, the City of Laurel, if it becomes necessary, will open the Laurel Municipal Center located at 8103 Sandy Spring Rd. as a cooling station in the City between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm.  Temperatures in the mid-nineties, combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions. Code Red is called when there is stagnant air, little chance of rain, high humidity, and temperatures above 95° 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. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Limit heavy 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 heat when possible
  • Reduce strenuous 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.
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