Where to Stay Cool in Baltimore County
Towson, Maryland (July 1, 2014) – If you are looking for a cool environment with access to water and bathrooms, 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 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. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or 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 television, read a book or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 Senior Centers or call their Senior Center Information and Assistance line at 410-887-2594.
There are also other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County:
- Community Centers
- Movie Theaters
- Neighbor's home with air conditioning
"Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool," said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. "From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where you can get relief from the heat, and I urge you to use them if you do not have air conditioning."
To keep you and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat, use these hot weather tips:
- Never leave a child or pet in an unattended car.
- Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
- Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also provide your pet with plenty of water and sheltering.
- Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
- Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.