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ON HEALTH: Places to beat the heat

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With the heat arriving now that summertime is here, it may be necessary for you to look for a cool place to spend part of your day. Baltimore County has put forth a play to assist anyone in need of a cool place.

The County has several “cooling centers” available where you can get relief from the heat. The first recommendation is the series of Baltimore County Public Libraries. There are 19 convenient branches that are also 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. For more information and the location nearest you, visit the Baltimore County Public Library website at

It is also important to remember that Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to the general public, regardless of age, According to the county website, these centers 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. For information on the 20 Senior Centers call the Department of Aging Senior Center Information and Assistance line at 410-887-2594.

The county website also suggests people consider other places that may be available for air conditioning – such as community centers, churches, the malls, museums, movie theaters, restaurants and even your neighbor who has a home with working air conditioning. It is important to your health to stay cool. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can prove to be a huge health risk to everyone. Be sure to check on your neighbors to insure their safe keeping!

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