Maryland Blogger: Excessive Heat Advisory for Montgomery County, Maryland

Excessive Heat Advisory for Montgomery County, Maryland

Excessive Heat Advisory for Montgomery County, Maryland


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Whenever the National Weather Service forecasts temperatures and/or heat indices greater than 95 degrees, the County's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will issue a Hyperthermia Alert. During those times, County officials urge residents to take precautions to protect themselves, and their pets, against heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Residents are also asked to check on elderly friends, relatives and neighbors who may be isolated, to ensure they are not showing signs of heat-related illnesses.

Open County facilities, including libraries, swimming pools, recreation and senior centers, as well as regional services centers, are good locations to find respite from the heat. Young children, the elderly and pets should never be left in parked vehicles during hot weather.

The Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division staff reminds community members to be especially careful with all pets during times of increased heat. Animals that are outdoors must have access to shade, shelter, and plenty of fresh water.

The following precautions will help residents remain safe and more comfortable during excessive heat days:

Stay indoors, whenever possible. Visit nearby air conditioned buildings in your community, if your home is not air-conditioned. In addition to County facilities, residents can visit shopping malls, movie theaters and museums. A hyperthermia plan for homeless shelters has been activated and Progress Place in downtown Silver Spring is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all homeless individuals.

Be careful to avoid strenuous activities that can result in overexposure to the sun, such as sports and gardening. If you must do a strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning before 9 a.m.

Drink plenty of water. Dehydration, cramps, exhaustion or heat stroke can result from not drinking enough fluids. Water is the safest liquid to drink.

Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.

When outdoors, wear proper protection from the sun. Light-colored clothing, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen protection are strongly recommended.

Never leave pets, young children, or the elderly in a vehicle for ANY amount of time, even with the window open, because the temperature inside parked cars can reach 130 degrees in only a few minutes.

Monitor those at high risk. Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include:

Infants and children up to four years of age;

Individuals 65 years of age and older;

Individuals who are ill or on certain medications; and

Individuals who are overweight.

Knowing the signs of heat exposure can prevent serious illness from becoming life threatening. Should any of the following occur, get out of the heat, loosen any tight or heavy clothing, and drink plenty of water:

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.

Pet Safety: The Director of the Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division, Thomas Koenig, will be enforcing Executive Regulation 17-17, Anti-Cruelty Conditions for Dogs, Section D, which states, "A person must not tether a dog under circumstances that endanger its health, safety, or well-being, including: unattended tethering of a dog during a weather emergency." The penalty for this violation is a fine of $500. This regulation will be enforced whenever forecast temperatures could endanger the well-being of dogs. Also in Executive Regulation 17-17, Owners are advised not to leave pets unattended outdoors during Hyperthermia Alerts.

The Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division wants to remind community members to be especially careful with all pets during times of increased heat. Animals that are outdoors must have access to shade, shelter, and plenty of fresh water. When possible, it is advised to bring typically outdoor pets inside during periods of extreme heat.

For general information about County programs and services, call 3-1-1. Sign up for the County's Alert Montgomery notification system at to receive emergency alerts regarding weather and other emergency information.


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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • June 30 2018 03:18PM



Thank you for sharing this, and I know that the two of you are taking the necessary precautions.  Stay cool. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 8 months ago

Make sure you and your family don't overdo time in the sun, & hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Here's what MCFRS has to say about keeping hydrated at: . Learn more, under the "K's" at: , SOS A-Z "MoCoSafety

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Great advice Roy Kelley  it will be 100 here and feel like 106  going for a swim Then I will be staying in air conditioning

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 8 months ago

Why Overheating Is More Common in Seniors

Your brain sends special signals to your body when it begins to overheat. The signals prompt your body to release hormones that cause you to sweat. Think of sweating as your body’s central air-conditioning system, cooling you down both at the skin surface and internally as your body temperature decreases. But sometimes it gets too hot for this cooling mechanism to work, and it can become less efficient as you get older. A number of factors can put you at higher risk of overheating as you age, including: • Decreased blood circulation • Sweat glands that have become inefficient • Weakness or fever due to age-related illness (such as heart, lung, or kidney disease) • A salt-restricted diet for high blood pressure • Certain medications (such as heart and blood pressure drugs, sedatives, and tranquilizers) • Lifestyle factors that range from living in a hot home and overdressing to lack of transportation • Being over or underweight

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Symptoms of overheating may include:

• Sudden dizziness

• Thirst

• Headache

• Nausea

• Muscle spasms

• Cramps in your abdomen, arms, or legs

• Fatigue

• Swelling in your ankles

• Lack of coordination

• Cold, clammy skin

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

If you or someone you're with has any of the following signs or symptoms, you may have heat stroke and you should seek emergency medical care immediately:

• High body temperature (over 104ºF)

• Confusion

• Changes in behavior

• Fainting or feeling like you're going to faint

• Staggering

• Strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse

• Dry skin

• Flushed skin

• Lack of sweating despite the heat

• Coma

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy - I think we have heat advisory today in our area as well.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy Kelley ,

Smart to get the word out..we are going to have hot temperatures today too so will be mindful! I know the two of you will be also. Happy Saturday!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 8 months ago

We certainly are in a heat wave across the country.  A friend who lives an hour away from Chicago told me yesterday that their heat index reading for the day would be 114 degrees.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 8 months ago

This is good information for local residents. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 8 months ago

Roy...I think you have my yesterday weather.  Tomorrow should e better

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 8 months ago

You seem to be suffering from severe cold in the winter too extreme heat and humidity in the summer Roy.  I hope you have air conditioning or a good heat pump.

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) 8 months ago

Roy, what a great public service post and once in a while when we get heat alerts the Libraries stay open so people can cool off, with that said stay safe, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy.  It sounds like a good day to stay inside or go to the pool.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

A very comprenensive, informative, and educational blog post.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 8 months ago
Parks & Recreation Monthparksmonth
On July 2, Gaithersburg joined in the national celebration of Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association, with the issuing of an official Mayor and City Council proclamation. This year's theme, "A Lifetime of Discovery," challenges children and adults to explore the "undiscovered" roles of local parks and recreation. To celebrate, the City is offering a variety of unique programs and open houses throughout the month of July. Explore them all here.
Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Fulks Corner Farmers Market is open Thursdays through November 15 from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Route 355 and Fulks Corner Avenue in Olde Towne.
The Main Street Farmers and Artists Market is open year-round on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Main Street Pavilion, one block off of Kentlands Boulevard.
Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago