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Withering Heat Wave Blankets East Coast

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The Baltimore City Health Department has issued a Code Red Heat Advisory through Sunday, asking people to take measures against hyperthermia and dehydration.

During periods of extreme heat, the City Health Department advises city residents:

– Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine Reduce outside activities and stay inside in air conditioned locations
– Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, even for short periods of time
– Check on older, sick, or frail neighbors who may need help responding to the heat
– Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which include:
– Confusion
– Hot, dry, flushed skin or cool and clammy skin
– Lightheadedness
– Nausea
– Call 911 immediately if any of these symptoms occur

City residents who want information on the closest cooling center or who are concerned about a neighbor can call 311.

The city cooling centers will be open through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

•Northern Community Action Partnership Center: 5225 York Road, (410) 396-6084

•Southern Community Action Partnership Center: 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor), (410) 545-0900

•Northwest Community Action Partnership Center: 3939 Reisterstown Road, (443) 984-1384

•Southeastern Community Action Partnership Center: 3411 Bank Street, (410) 545-6510

•Eastern Community Action Partnership Center: 1400 E. Federal Street, (410) 545-0136

The health department will also open the following senior centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday:

•Waxter Center for Senior Citizens: 1000 Cathedral Street, (410) 396-1324

•Oliver Center: 1700 Gay Street, (410) 396-3861

•Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center: 1601 N. Baker Street, (410) 396-7724

•Hatton Center: 2825 Fait Avenue, (410) 396-9025 John Booth 2601 E. Baltimore St., (410) 396-9202

•Zeta Center: 4501 Reisterstown Rd., (410) 396-3535

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