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News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

LEONARDTOWN, MD –The Department of Emergency Services would like to remind citizens to prepare for this week’s predicted hot and humid weather conditions.


During Extreme Heat

  • Check on your elderly friends, family members and neighbors
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
  • Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

For more information visit prepare.stmarysmd.com.