First Heat-Related Death In Maryland For 2023

It occurred in Cecil County.

Baltimore, Md (KM) Maryland is reporting its first heat-related death for 2023. The State Health Department says a 52-year-old man succumbed to the heat in Cecil County. .

“We are very saddened to report our first heat-related death of the season,” says Deputy Secretary for Public  Health Services,  Nilesh Kalyanaranman. “As we experience more hot days like today, this tragedy reminds us of how important it is to take every precaution to avoid overheating. Also, be sure to check on family and neighbors who are at risk for heat-related illnesses.”

Residents are urged to take precautions on high heat days:   and that includes drinking plenty of fluids, but avoiding alcohol, caffeine and overly sweetened beverages. Wear loose fitting. light weight clothing;  avoid direct sunlight, and stay in the shade where possible;  and schedule any outdoor daily physical activities in the morning or the evening when it’s cooler.

The Health Department also says don’t leave children or pets in cars during hot weather. even with the windows cracked open.

Anyone can be a victim of heat-related illnesses, the Health Department says.  . But those with the highest risk are people age five and older, those 65 and older and people who are working or exercising outdoors.

By Kevin McManus