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Numerous Locations in Baltimore County Offer Excellent Options to Help 'Beat the Heat'

Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees and higher over the next several days and Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” with access to water and bathrooms that offer relief from the heat.

Public Libraries

Nineteen convenient branches of the Baltimore County Public Library are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 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.

Senior Centers

Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to the public, regardless of age. Most locations are open 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. 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.

Other Options to Keep Cool

Other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County include:

  • Community centers
  • Churches
  • Malls
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Or the home of a neighbor, relative or friend 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 residents can get relief from the heat, and everyone without air conditioning is urged to use them.”

Hot Weather Tips

Keep yourself and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat by adhering to the following 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 proper shelter.
  • Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
  • Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Visit a cooling Center in Baltimore County or consider visiting family, friends or an air-conditioned public building.

by Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

Time to break away from that screen.

How about a hike at your favorite Baltimore County Park?  There are easy trails to enjoy a brisk or slow paced hike and more challenging trails to test your stamina – all while sharing fun, beautiful views, and if you like, a quiet and serene time for reflection.  

Safe summer hiking is common-sense hiking.  First, let your friends and family know where you’ll be going. Take your charged phone in case of emergency. Check the forecast and prepare for changes in the weather.  

Summer hiking tips

With a great day in mind, here are some basic tips to make your hike safer and more comfortable.

  • Plan your trip around the weather.  Early morning hikes are the best. Avoid the hottest time of day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Hiking in shaded areas is safer than in the direct sunlight. Try a hike near water - dip your hat or bandana in the water to cool off.  
  • Wear loose, breathable clothes. Light colors reflect the sun.
  • Wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim all the way around.
  • Wear closed-toe, flat shoes and socks for comfort and safety.
  • Bring plenty of water, but don’t over-drink.
  • If you are hiking with your dog, don’t forget that pets need to be hydrated, too.
  • Remember sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours.
  • Listen to your body. Be aware of the symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and dangerous heat stroke. Learn the warning symptoms here before you set out on your hike.  

Use the easy online Baltimore County Trail Finder to search for a walking trail near you. Now get out to your favorite Baltimore County Park and have a great time on the trails!

Revised September 11, 2017