First Cold-Related Weather Death Reported In Md. For This Winter

The victim was between the ages of 70 and 80.

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Baltimore, Md (KM) The first, cold-related illness death for the 2023 and 2024 winter season has been reported.. The Maryland Department of Health says it was a man between the ages of 70 to 80 years of age. The death occurred in Baltimore County.

During the cold weather months, officials urge residents to protect themselves from the frigid temperatures by limiting time outdoors, and wearing several layers of lightweight, insulated clothing. They also need to insulate their toes, fingers, ears, cheeks and the tip of the nose.

Anyone who is in need of a warming center is encouraged to contact their local health department. They can also call 211 and provide their county zip code to get information about warming center locations in their area.

When it comes to using heat sources to stay warm, Marylanders are urged to use caution. Health officials say some heating sources can cause fires, electrical injuries, burns or carbon monoxide poisoning if installed, operated or maintained improperly.  Citizens should  check heat sources and make sure they’re safe prior to use. Also, install  carbon monoxide detectors in the home, and never use an oven to heat your home.

By Kevin McManus