The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the area, which is in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening. Heat index values could get up to 105 degrees due to temperatures in the middle to upper 90’s. Please encourage our stakeholders to take precautions.
A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911. During periods of extreme heat Prince George’s County Cooling Centers are OPEN. Dial 311, click here, or copy and paste the following link into your browser (https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/797/Cooling-Centers) for more information. Additionally, keep these helpful tips in mind:
- Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly;
- Wear light clothing;
- Drink plenty of fluids;
- Never leave people or pets in a closed car;
- Make sure pets have access to water and shade;
- Limit strenuous outside activities. If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face;
- Increase time spent in air-conditioned environments like libraries, malls, movie theatres and *Cooling Centers;
- Your body warms up as it works to process larger meals, so eating smaller portions can help keep you cooler;
- Know the signs of heat related illness and ways to respond;
- Keep your home cool by covering windows with drapes or shades;
- Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power;
- Learn about the emergency plans in your area;
- Build or restock your emergency kit. Include food, water, prescription medicines, flashlight, batteries, hearing aid batteries, cash, copies of important financial documents, and first aid supplies; and
- Be prepared to stay cool if the power goes out. Consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall, PGC Cooling Center or library that has air conditioning.