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Maryland reports first heat-related death of 2022

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(WEAA)— The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has announced its first reported heat-related death of 2022.

Officials confirmed the death of a 65-year-old Baltimore County man on Wednesday.

“As this tragedy shows, heat-related illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, can result in serious ailments and even death,” said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan. “During hot weather, Marylanders are urged to take precautions to avoid overheating and check on friends and neighbors that may be susceptible to heat-related illness, especially older adults and people with chronic disease.”

Anyone can suffer from a heat-related illness, but the highest risk groups include people under age 5 or over age 65, people with chronic illnesses, people taking certain medications, and those who are exercising or working outdoors.

Health officials warn, "never" leave children or pets in a car for any time during hot weather, even with the windows cracked, and everyone is encouraged to check on elderly neighbors or relatives to ensure they have a cool place to stay.

Tips to help cope with hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and overly-sweetened beverages
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing
  • Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen; stay in the shade when possible
  • Avoid salt tablets unless advised by a doctor to take them
  • Take it easy outside: schedule physical activity in the morning or evening, when it’s cooler, and take short breaks if necessary

To find out about cooling centers in your area, call your local health department or 211.
More resources about staying safe in hot weather are available from the MDH Office of Preparedness and Response at: https://preparedness.health.maryland.gov/Pages/resources_hot.aspx