The Caroline County Health Department’s Vital Records office will not be issuing Birth and Death Certificates on Friday, July 5, and Monday, July 8. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, July 9, at 8:30 AM. Thank you!

Cooling Centers Available to Help Weather Excessive Heat

As temperatures rise, so do the risks associated with high heat. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can lead to severe health issues such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration.

High heat can have detrimental effects on the body, primarily by overwhelming its ability to regulate temperature. This can lead to heat exhaustion, characterized by heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and headache. If not addressed promptly, it can escalate to heat stroke, a life-threatening condition where the body’s temperature rises above 103°F (39.4°C), causing confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness.

Vulnerable Groups

Certain populations are at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses:

  1. Older Adults: As people age, their ability to regulate body temperature diminishes. Chronic medical conditions and medications can further impair this ability, making seniors particularly susceptible to heat stress.
  2. Infants and Young Children: Children’s bodies heat up faster than adults, and they are less likely to recognize and communicate their discomfort or need for hydration.
  3. People with Chronic Medical Conditions: Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disorders can reduce the body’s ability to handle heat.
  4. Athletes and Outdoor Workers: Those who engage in strenuous physical activities outdoors are at higher risk due to increased body heat and fluid loss through sweat.
  5. Low-Income Households: Limited access to air conditioning and other cooling resources can make it difficult for individuals to escape the heat.

Caroline County Cooling Centers

These centers will provide a safe environment and relief from the heat during their regular hours. Please call ahead to confirm hours and availability.

  1. Denton Library Address: 100 Market Street, Denton: Phone: 410-479-1343
  2. Federalsburg Library Address: 123 Morris Avenue, Federalsburg: Phone: 410-754-8397
  3. Greensboro Library Address: 101 Cedar Lane, Greensboro: Phone: 410-482-2173
  4. Caroline County Senior Center Address: 403 South 7th Street, Denton: Phone: 410-479-8065
  5. Federalsburg Senior Center Address: 118 North Main Street, Federalsburg: Phone: 410-754-9754

Tips for Staying Cool

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they can lead to dehydration.
  2. Dress Appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing to help your body stay cool.
  3. Seek Shade and Cool Environments: Stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). If your home isn’t air-conditioned, spend time in public places like libraries, malls, or community centers.
  4. Use Fans and Air Conditioning: If you have access to air conditioning, use it. Fans can also help, especially when used with a damp cloth to create a cooling effect.
  5. Limit Outdoor Activities: If you need to be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade and avoid strenuous activities during peak heat hours.
  6. Take Cool Showers or Baths: These can help lower your body temperature quickly.

By understanding the dangers of high heat and taking these precautionary measures, we can better protect ourselves and those who are most vulnerable during the sweltering summer months. Stay cool, stay safe, and prioritize your health as temperatures rise.