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Cooling Centers in Baltimore County

If you are looking for access to water and bathrooms in a cool environment, then Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” available where you can get relief from the heat.

During the months of May through September, Baltimore County Public Library  has 19 convenient branches that are also open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. For more information on a library branch nearest you or the locations that are open Friday through Sunday, call 410-887-6100.

Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to the general public, regardless of age, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. For information on the 19 Senior Centers call the Department of Aging Senior Center Information and Assistance line at 410-887-2594.

Other "Cooling" Places

There are other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County:

  • Community Centers

  • Churches

  • Malls

  • Movie Theaters

  • Museums

  • Neighbor's home with air conditioning

  • Restaurants

Hot Weather Reminders

The combination of high temperatures, humidity and poor air quality constitute a threat, especially to certain groups of people: older adults, children, and people with respiratory or other health problems. Below are some tips to help you and your family get relief from the heat and stay safe.

  • Never leave a child or pet in an unattended car.

  • Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they are okay.

  • Visit a cooling center in Baltimore County or consider visiting family, friends or an air-conditioned public building.

  • Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices.

  • Keep your home cool by preparing foods that require minimal cooking.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses when outdoors.

  • Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time in the pool or sweating excessively.

  • Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.

  • Make sure you take care of your pets by providing plenty of water and appropriate shelter.

  • Take time to prepare or reevaluate your emergency preparedness kit.  Make sure you have enough water to last you at least three days, a flashlight and a battery-powered radio.

Revised May 29, 2013

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