Wednesday Marks Third Consecutive Day County Issues Hyperthermia Alert

For the third day in a row, Montgomery County has issued a Hyperthermia Alert for Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. The National Weather Service expects the heat index to be above 95 degrees.

Officials urge residents to take precautions to protect themselves, and their pets, against heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Young children, the elderly and pets should never be left in parked vehicles during hot weather.

The best way to protect yourself from hyperthermia is staying indoors, if possible.  County librariesswimming poolsrecreation and senior centers, as well as regional services centers, are good locations to cool off.

Be aware of the signs of  heat-related illnesses:

  • Heat cramps: symptoms include painful muscle spasms, usually involving the abdominal muscles or legs;
  • Heat exhaustion: first signs are cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, dizziness, nausea, headache and weakness; and
  • Heat stroke: the most serious sign of overexposure. Symptoms include red, hot, dry skin, weak pulse, rapid breathing and changes in consciousness. Seek medical attention by calling 9-1-1.

If you see an animal left outside that appears to be in danger, call the Animal Services Division 301.279.8000.

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