Carroll opens cooling centers around county

The Carroll County Department of Citizen Services will operate six cooling centers around the county this week in anticipation of high temperatures and humidity.

Residents who are vulnerable to extreme heat and who do not have air-conditioning in their homes are encouraged to cool off in any of the following locations until the close of business:

• Citizen Services Office Building, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

• Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

• North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

• South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

• Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

• Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Avenue, Westminster (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

All branches of the Carroll County Public Library System also serve as cooling centers from 9 a.m. to 8: 45 p.m.

Water will be available for those who need it at any of the cooling centers.

 The Carroll County Emergency Management Division encourages people to follow the following safety tips when temperatures and humidity are high:

• Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.

• Wear loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.

• Eat fewer proteins and drink plenty of water.

• Stay in air-conditioning.

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