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It’s a CODE ORANGE in Baltimore and although most cooling centers open when it’s a CODE RED, I figured you would be looking for some tips on how to stay cool on a CODE ORANGE or CODE RED day!



  • Drink plenty of water or juice
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Wipe skin with cool water as needed
  • Reduce outside activities
  • Wear light-weight and light-colored clothing
  • Stay inside during the hottest time of day (between 11 a.m. and 4 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

City residents who want information on the cooling centers can call 311. Any City resident experiencing the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke should call 911.

  • Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke:
    • Confusion
    • Nausea
    • Light-headedness
    • Muscle cramps
    • Cool and clammy skin


  • Symptoms of heat strokeinclude:
    • Confusion
    • Hallucinations
    • Slurred Speech
    • Hot, dry, flushed skin
    • Rapid or slowed heart beat
    • Seek medical help immediately if any of the above symptoms occur.

RESOURCE: Baltimore City Health Department

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