MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF LAUREL OFFICE OF THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR 8103 Sandy Spring Road Laurel, Maryland 20707 (301) 725-5300 ext. 244 Internet Address http://www.laurel.md.us E- Mail – [email protected] Fax (301) 490-5068 OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE Date of Release: For Additional Information Contact: July 23, 2010 Department of Parks and Recreation 301-725-7800 City of Laurel Cooling Station Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced that due to the high heat and humidity forecasted for the upcoming days, the City of Laurel, if it becomes necessary, will utilize the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, located at 7901 Cypress Street, and the Anderson-Murphy Community Center, located at 422 Montgomery Street, as cooling centers during all normal hours of operation on Saturday, July 24th and on Sunday, July 25th during regular business hour at the Anderson-Murphy Community Center only since the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center is closed on Sundays. If it becomes necessary to open these buildings as cooling centers, please bring your own water and snacks. Temperatures in the mid-nineties, combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions. Code Red is called when there is stagnant air, little chance of rain, high humidity, and temperatures above 95° Children should reduce outdoor activities, healthy individuals should limit strenuous outdoor work or exercise, and individuals with respiratory or heart ailments should limit all outdoor activities. Also, stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Avoid heavy physical exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat. Tips to follow during the high heat and humidity: At Work • • • Avoid the heat Reduce activity Drink plenty of water Outdoors • • • Wear light-colored clothing Drink plenty of water Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade At Home Please check on relatives, neighbors and friends, especially the elderly during the extreme heat and humidity of summer. Never leave children or pets unattended in a car. This is extremely hazardous and frequently causes serious health issues and can very easily cause death. Do NOT leave pets outside unattended during the day. Animals sweat by panting when they are extremely hot, so they need to be kept indoors when the temperatures and humidity reach extreme levels.