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List of Prince George's County cooling centers

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It’s going to be sweltering out this week. Here’s a list of cooling centers in Prince George’s County.

New Carrollton Nutrition Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Cooling Centers open for the General Public at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.:

Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center, 13820 and 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel, 301-362-6060

Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, 301-853-2005

Palmer Park Community Center, 7720 Barlowe Road, Landover, 301-773-5665

Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Hillcrest Heights, 301-505-0896

From Prince George's County: The Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security continues to recommend the following tips:

Elderly, infants and those with chronic illnesses can dehydrate more easily and are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Please check on relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Your best protection is to stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin's surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.

Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot. Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment.

Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing.

Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade.

Eat smaller meals, more often.

Spend time at local pools or take cool baths.

Make sure pets have access to water and shade.

Continue to monitor weather reports for updates and tips.

In addition, Prince George's County first responders have been put on alert for an increase in heat-related response calls. The Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security will continue to update the public through the County's website at http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov.

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