Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert was issued for Baltimore. Here’s how you can stay safe

What is a Code Blue Alert?

The Baltimore City Health Department issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert that will be in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning as frigid temperatures grip the region.

A Code Blue is declared when overnight wind chill temperatures are forecast to drop to 13 degrees Fahrenheit or below. This triggers additional services from the city to help protect vulnerable populations from severe cold exposure.

“Extreme cold weather can be life-threatening, especially for the elderly, young children, homeless individuals, or those with pre-existing medical conditions,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Beth Haller.

Tips for staying safe in cold weather

With dangerous wind chills in the forecast, officials are urging residents to take precautions and check on neighbors who may be at higher risk. Here are some tips:

Seek shelter indoors

Spend as much time as possible inside heated buildings. If outside exposure is necessary, limit time outdoors.

Dress warmly in layers

Wear a hat, gloves, scarf and waterproof insulated boots. Outer layers should block wind and inner layers should wick away moisture from skin.

Monitor body temperature

Be aware of signs of hypothermia like uncontrollable shivering, drowsiness and slurred speech. Seek medical care immediately if symptoms occur.

Check on neighbors

Elderly people living alone are particularly vulnerable. Check-in regularly by phone or in person to ensure their safety and well-being during extreme cold.

Protect pets

Bring pets indoors and do not leave outside for prolonged periods if temperatures plummet. Provide pets extra food, water and bedding when it’s frigid.

Residents are urged to call 311 if they see someone in need of emergency shelter or medical attention during the Code Blue period. Following safety tips can help the community get through this cold snap.

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