The City of Frederick urges everyone to take precautions during this extended heat wave
CONTACT: Susan Harding, Public Information Officer, 301-600-1385
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 6, 2012
The City of Frederick Urges Caution on Extremely Hot Days
DO NOT Let Children, the Elderly and/or Pets in Parked Cars for Any Length of Time
Frederick, MD -- The City of Frederick urges everyone to take precautions during this extended heat wave. During summer heat waves, the Frederick County Health Department, Emergency Preparedness, and the American Red Cross remind residents to take extra precautions during extremely high temperatures and offer the following websites for information on recognizing the symptoms of heat related emergencies and tips to stay cool.
Please check on elderly neighbors and make sure pets are have plenty of water and are out of the sun and heat. DO NOT let children, the elderly and/or pets in parked cars for any length of time.
• Frederick County Health Department - http://alturl.com/e2tgc
• MD DHMH - http://alturl.com/gpixd
• American Red Cross - http://alturl.com/28se7
“Citizens should be aware of the dangers and signs of heat-related illness and use caution during outdoor activities,” said Emergency Services Program Manager Judy Peterson of the Chesapeake Region, American Red Cross. “If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion such as pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness and weakness, move the person to a cooler place, apply cool, wet cloths to his or her skin and have the person slowly drink cool water. For additional information, the American Red Cross just released a free first aid app for Android and iPhone smart phones. Visit the Android Market or App Store to download this life-saving new tool.”
Director Seamus Mooney of the Emergency Preparedness Department added, “We encourage everyone to drink plenty of fluids on extremely hot days, stay in an air-conditioned area, avoid prolonged time in the sun, remember to check on neighbors and relatives, and, when planning to be outside, wear light colored and loose fitting clothing.”
The Department of Emergency Preparedness may be contacted at 301-600-1746 or via e-mail at EM@FrederickCountyMD.gov. Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/ALERT.