Just how hot is it? Hot enough to kill.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported the state’s first heat-related death of the 2013 season Friday — a middle-aged Howard County resident with underlying health conditions.
Heatstroke and heat exhaustion can develop from the hot and humid conditions typically associated with Maryland summers, said the state agency.
“... Marylanders should remember that extreme heat can be dangerous, and even deadly,” said DHMH Deputy Secretary Dr. Laura Herrera, whose office provided the following tips:
• Drink plenty of fluids, such as water and fruit juice, to prevent dehydration. Alcohol can impair the body’s sweat mechanism, as can some common medications, such as antihistamines and diuretics.
• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes.
• Avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade and wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Stay in air-conditioned areas when possible. If your home is not air-conditioned, consider a visit to a shopping mall or public library or stay with family or friends who have air conditioning.
• Never leave pets or children in a car, even with the windows cracked.
• Check on elderly relatives or neighbors at least daily, and make sure they have a cool environment to live in during extreme heat.
• Take it easy when outdoors. Athletes and those who work outdoors should take short breaks when feeling fatigued. Schedule physical activity during the morning or evening when it is cooler.
In 2012, there were 46 confirmed heat-related deaths from May through September in Maryland. In 2011, there were 34 confirmed heat-related deaths, in 2010, there were 32; in 2009, six.
For online tips and reports on heat, visit dhmh.maryland.gov/extremeheat/sitepages/home.aspx.
Summertime heat ‘can be dangerous, and even deadly’
Just how hot is it? Hot enough to kill.
We’re certain that Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, echoes what many Americans feel about the complexity of filing income tax returns.
When he filed his return, Rumsfeld sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service:
The first step
If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.
Where to look
Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.
Public libraries remain one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars. They are open to all. Young or old, poor or wealthy, residents can use computers and read current magazines and newspapers. Compact discs featuring a wide variety of music and
movies on DVD may be checked out in addition to novels and other books.
Legislation that increases hunting oppportunities on Sundays in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties has passed the Maryland General Assembly and reached the governor’s desk.
One cannot compromise on God’s word
A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”
Ballpark project a partnership, not a government handout
To the Editor:
Regarding Mark Nelson’s recent objection to county government assistance to exploring the placement of a minor league baseball team in the Cumberland region, I would answer that the project should be considered a partnership between private enterprise and government. The private support would come by way of donations collected from local citizens, currently banked through the Dapper Dan Club.
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Decriminalizing marijuana lines pockets of drug cartel
Has the Maryland government decided they like contributing to the drug cartel? Their new decriminalization of marijuana does nothing but line the pockets of the cartel.
We’ve never been big fans of speed cameras, primarily for two reasons. First, because the cameras are not always accurate, and secondly because many jurisdictions seem to create revenue by installing cameras and issuing high numbers of speeding tickets.
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