Summer Cooling Centers in Prince George's County

P.G. County | 6/29/2010, 11:08 a.m.

Throughout the summer Prince George's County Cooling Centers are available for the general public. The Cooling Centers are designed to provide indoor air-conditioning where people can stop and come in out of the heat to cool off.

Persons susceptible to heat reactions during heat waves are elderly persons, small children, persons with health problems, those on certain medications or drugs (especially tranquilizers and anticholinergics), and persons with weight and alcohol problems. Water is provided at the centers to prevent dehydration. Hours of Operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Heat - Related Health and Safety Tips

- Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

- Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperature.

- Stay out of direct sunlight and keep your blinds and curtains drawn during the day.

- Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.

- Take a bath or shower and place ice bags or wet towels on the body.

- Drink plenty of liquids such as water, fruit juice and vegetable juice to replace fluids lost by perspiration.

- Use fans indoors, unless the temperature is in the high 90's. If it is that hot, go to air-conditioned places.

- Take the heat seriously and do not ignore danger signs like nausea, dizziness and fatigue that can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

- Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly.

The best way to prevent any heat-related illness is to remain indoors on very hot days in an air-conditioned room. If you do not have an air conditioner, consider going to a public place that does. Some suggestions include a library, shopping mall, senior center, movie theatre or cooling centers.

Cooling Centers:

Camp Springs Senior Center
6420 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20748
(301) 449-0490
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

New Carrollton Nutrition Center
6016 Princess Garden Parkway
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 459-6103
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Senior Citizens and their families should contact the Prince George's County Department of Family Services Administration on Aging at (301) 265-8450.