Carroll County will open six cooling centers throughout the county Thursday and Friday in anticipation of high temperatures and humidity, according to a county news release.

"Code Orange" level air quality, unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, elderly, and people with respiratory conditions, is expected during the next two days.

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. to 5 p.m.)
•             Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
•             North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
•             South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
•             Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
•             Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
 
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library System are also places to beat the heat. Libraries are open from 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
 
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 these 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


Additional information, including the State Heat Plan, Heat Reports, FAQs, and updated contact information is posted on the DHMH site: http://dhmh.maryland.gov/extremeheat/SitePages/Home.aspx.