Cooling station established at Laurel Armory

Laurel's city pools to open early during heat wave

July 18, 2011

City officials will establish a cooling station at the Laurel Armory Anderson-Murphy Community Center and open city pools early beginning Tuesday to help residents combat the heat wave expected to hit the area this week.

The Laurel Armory, 422 Montgomery St., will be open as a cooling station Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday, the city's two pools will open an hour early. Both the Municipal Pool, at Ninth and Main streets, and the Greenview Drive Pool, 14403 Greenview Drive, will open at 11 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

For more information, call the city at 301-725-5300.

Forecasters have warned that Maryland is heading toward triple-digit temperatures this week, reaching 100 degrees by Thursday, and possible code red conditions.

When air quality reaches code orange or temperatures exceed 90 degrees, Prince George's County officials open some community centers, senior centers, libraries and shopping malls as cooling centers from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. In Laurel, Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center, 13820 and 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, will be a cooling center. Call the center at 301-362-6060.

Laurel officials offered these tips to follow during high heat and humidity:

At work:

• Avoid the heat

• Reduce activity

• Drink plenty of water


• Wear light-colored clothing

• Drink plenty of water

• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade

At home:

• Check on relatives, neighbors and friends, especially the elderly during extreme heat

• Do not leave pets outside unattended during the day.

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