County Executive Owens Has Libraries Available as "Cooling Stations"
Some Senior Centers Also Open
Annapolis, MD (August 1, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens urges all residents without air conditioning or a means to stay cool, to go to area Libraries, Malls and some Senior Centers.
"I urge all residents to take this situation with the excessive heat seriously," said County Executive Owens. "This is the time to check on your neighbors, including the very young and elderly, and if they are without air conditioning, get them to a place that’s cool."
The County’s Libraries are open until 9:00 pm and are listed below.
Also available to residents are some of the Senior Centers throughout the County. The Senior Centers are open until 4:30 p.m.
It is important to know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. The first sign of heat illness is often heat cramps. Heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when the body temperature increases to 104ºF or higher and requires immediate medical treatment. Symptoms include clammy or hot, dry and reddened skin, vomiting, shallow breathing, seizures, disorientation and delirium. Although less serious than heat stroke, heat exhaustion should not be taken lightly. If someone has the signs of heat exhaustion, including clammy skin, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, thirst or altered ability to think, immediately take them to a cool place and provide water or a sports drink. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention at once.
For more information on hot weather tips, log onto the Department of Health Website.