December 13, 2018

Safely Chilling Out in Montgomery County

With Jack Frost nipping at our noses and weather forecasters predicting a rough winter, you will want to take precautions to protect yourself when the temperatures become dangerously low.

When the National Weather forecasts temperatures, and/or wind chill, in at least part of the County to fall below 32 degrees, the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security issues a County hyperthermia alert. These frigid temperatures create a hazardous situation in which hypothermia and frostbite are likely for those exposed to the elements. The cold can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as the very young, seniors, those without shelter or who are stranded, or who live in a home that is poorly insulated and/or without heat.

Here are some cold-weather tips:
  • Neighbors, friends or family members should check on the elderly, especially seniors living alone. Older people are particularly susceptible to hypothermia, even inside their homes and may need assistance.
  • Children engaged in outdoor activities should be carefully monitored by a responsible adult.
  • Everyone spending time outside should dress appropriately to protect against the cold
  • Montgomery County provides a variety of sheltering opportunities for vulnerable residents. Call the police non-emergency line, 301-279-8000, if an individual appears to be in danger.
  • Don't forget about your pets. Animals left outside unattended, in frigid conditions, may be considered an act of cruelty and pet owners could be charged and fined accordingly. Call the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000, to report an animal that appears to be in danger.
To ensure you receive timely severe weather and emergency notifications sign up for Alert Montgomery. Warnings and emergency updates will be sent directly to your cell phone (text), landline phone, and email. The service is free, but text charges may apply, so check with your cell phone carrier before selecting text alerts.

More information about hyperthermia or other weather events is available at montgomerycountymd.gov/hypothermia.

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