Howard County Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman has issued a heat alert for the county from noon to 8 p.m. on June 12 with temperatures and humidity reaching 100 degrees on the heat index.
These conditions may pose danger for some residents, especially those with other significant health concerns, and the public should take the following precautions to prevent heat-related illness:
• Never leave children or pets unattended in a parked car or other hot environment.
• If you must be out in the heat, wear light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunscreen.
• Increase your fluid intake; drink non-alcoholic and caffeine-free liquids.
• If possible stay out of the sun during the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Be aware of the symptoms of heat related illness that may include extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, headache, possible vomiting or fainting, dry red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium and coma.
• Check on elderly friends, family and neighbors who live alone.
As with any other emergency, citizens should call 911 if they encounter a heat related emergency. Howard County residents in need of a cooler environment should visit Howard County's Senior Centers, or Howard County Library branches.
For information about area Howard County Senior Centers visit Howard County Government at http://www.howardcountymd.gov. Howard County Library System locations and hours of operation can be found at http://www.hclibrary.org.
For more detailed information, visit the Howard County Health Department at http://www.hchealth.org.