Heat Warning in Effect

County urges caution during this severe weather event. Visit mypgc.us/StayCool for more info.

Trash Time Change

Due to extreme heat, trash collection throughout the county will begin at 5 am beginning Monday, July 15, 2024. Learn more at mypgc.us/ClearTheCurb.

Extreme Heat Alert: Stay Safe and Cool!

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Extreme Heat Advisory for Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County is gearing up for a week of soaring temperatures. The Prince George's County Health Department urges all residents to take precautions to stay safe and healthy during this extreme weather.

Stay Hydrated

With temperatures expected to climb, staying hydrated is crucial. Residents are encouraged to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol, which can lead to dehydration. Carry a water bottle with you and make it a habit to take regular sips, even if you don't feel thirsty.

Limit Outdoor Activities

To minimize the risk of heat-related illnesses, limit outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 AM and 4 PM. If you need to be outside, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, and take frequent breaks in the shade or a cool environment.

Use Cooling Centers

Prince George’s County has set up cooling centers to provide residents with a safe place to escape the heat. These centers are equipped with air conditioning and water, offering relief for those without access to cool environments. To find the nearest cooling center, visit our Cooling Centers Locator.

Watch for Heat-Related Illnesses

It's essential to recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and fainting. Heat stroke, a more severe condition, can cause high body temperatures, confusion, and unconsciousness. If you or someone else exhibits these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Look Out for Vulnerable Populations

Check on elderly neighbors, young children, and individuals with chronic illnesses, as they are more susceptible to the effects of extreme heat. Ensure they have access to cool environments and are staying hydrated. 

Protect Your Pets

Don’t forget about your furry friends! Ensure pets have plenty of fresh water and shade. Never leave them in a parked car, even for a short period, as temperatures inside vehicles can rise rapidly, leading to fatal conditions.

Stay Informed

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts and heat advisories through local news outlets and the Prince George’s County Health Department’s social media channels. Taking these precautions seriously can help prevent heat-related emergencies and keep our community safe.

For more information and resources, including the locations of cooling centers, visit our Cooling Centers Locator.

Stay cool, stay safe, Prince George’s County!