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BCHD Issues Heat Advisory

The City of Baltimore is under a code red extreme heat advisory.  With the heat index continuing to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Baltimore region, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Monday, July 22nd.  The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body.

“Excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States. The effects of extreme heat are exacerbated in urban areas, especially when combined with high humidity and poor air quality,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Letitia Dzirasa. “Extreme heat is particularly dangerous to young children, older adults, and those with chronic medical conditions. I encourage all residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves as well as their families, neighbors, and pets.”

Dr. Olufunke Pickering, Senior Medical Advisor, Bureau of Maternal & Child Health, Baltimore City Health Department, noted that overheating in infants can increase the risk of SIDS. She encourages parents and caregivers to find a cool place and avoid going out in the heat with babies or children. It is important to keep infants well hydrated with breast milk or formula. Children and adults should drink plenty of water for hydration and avoid sugary drinks. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, even for short periods of time, as temperatures can rise quickly leading to death. Wear light-colored clothes as dark colors absorb heat.

Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Seek medical help immediately if these symptoms occur: 

  • confusion
  • nausea
  • lightheadedness
  • hot/dry/flushed skin
  • rapid or slowed heartbeat
  • high body temperature with cool/clammy skin

The Community Action Partnership Centers will open the following cooling centers on Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Northern Community Action Partnership Center, 5225 York Road, (410) 396-6084
  • Southern Community Action Partnership Center (closed Sunday), 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor), (410) 545-0900
  • Northwest Community Action Partnership Center, 3939 Reisterstown Road, (443) 984-1384
  • Southeast Community Action Partnership Center, 3411 Bank Street, (410) 545-6518
  • Eastern Community Action Partnership Center, 1731 E. Chase Street, (410) 545-0136
The Health Department’s Division of Aging and CARE Services will open the following locations as cooling centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday. Waxter Center for Senior Citizens, Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center, Zeta Center and Harford Center will also be open on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Waxter Center for Senior Citizens, 1000 Cathedral Street, (410) 396-1324
  • Oliver Senior Center, 1700 Gay Street, (410) 396-3861
  • Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center, 1601 N. Baker Street, (410) 396-7725
  • Hatton Center, 2825 Fait Avenue, (410) 396-9025
  • John Booth/Hooper Senior Center, 2601 E. Baltimore Street., (410) 396-9202
  • Zeta Center, 4501 Reisterstown Road, (410) 396-3535
  • Harford Center, 4920 Harford Road, (410) 426-4009
Additional non-profit senior centers will also open as cooling centers on Thursday through Sunday. Call the center locations or 311 for exact hours of operation. 
  • Myerberg Senior Center, 3101 Fallstaff Road, (410) 358-6856
  • Cherry Hill Senior Center, 3301 Waterview Avenue, (410) 396-3840
  • Greenmount Senior Center, 425 E. Federal Street, (410) 528-1552
  • Senior Network of North Senior Center, 5828 York Road, (410) 323-7131 
  • Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights, Ave., (410) 466-2124
The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will open the following locations as cooling centers on Thursday and Friday only. Call the center locations or 311 for exact hours of operation.
• Ella Bailey Recreation Center                      
100 E. Heath Street, 410-396-4634
• Herring Run Recreation Center                  
5001 Sinclair Lane, 410-396-3060
• Mary Rodman Recreation Center             
3600 W. Mulberry St., 410-396-0477
• Mt. Royal Recreation Center                       
120 W. Mosher St., 410-396-0374
Additional recreation centers will be open Thursday through Saturday. Call the center locations or 311 for exact hours of operation.
  • Chick Webb Recreation Center, 623 Eden Street, 410-396-7593
  • Locust Point Recreation Center, 1627 E. Fort Avenue, 410-837-4423
  • Samuel F. B. Morse Recreation Center, 424 S. Pulaski Street, Christopher Toney
  • Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, 410-396-8490
ShopRite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Avenue, 21207) will be open as a community cooling center during their regular hours Tuesday through Monday. Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will also extend pool hours.
City residents can also find relief from the heat at stores, malls, movie theaters, restaurants, libraries, museums, and homes of family or friends with air conditioning.
During the Code Red Extreme Heat season, the Baltimore City Health Department recommends that City residents:
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Reduce outside activities.
  • Stay inside during the hottest time of day (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
  • Seek relief from the heat in air-conditioned locations.
  • Check on older, sick, or frail people in your community who may need help responding to the heat.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, even for short periods of time.
City residents who want cooling center information on Code Red Extreme Heat Alert days can call 311. Individuals having a heat-related medical emergency or who are experiencing the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke should call 911.
Information on declared Code Red Extreme Heat Alert days will be shared on the Health Department’s website, Health Department social media (Twitter: @Bmore_Healthy and Facebook: @BaltimoreHealth), the Baltimore City 311 line, and with local news media.
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