Maryland reports first heat-related death of 2018

Maryland reports first heat-related death of 2018

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday announced the first heat-related death of the season.

Officials say an adult male between the ages of 18-44 died in Prince George’s County.

"Extreme heat can raise the body's temperature, leading to heat exhaustion or heat stroke," said Maryland Department of Health Deputy Secretary for Public Health, Howard Haft, MD. "Stay in the air conditioning whenever possible, drink lots of water, and don't forget sunscreen."

Officials are reminding people to never leave pets in hot cars and check on those who are at a higher risk of illness, including children under the age of five and people over 65.

There were five heat-related deaths in Maryland during the 2017 season. Residents in need of energy assistance to keep cool this summer should call 2-1-1, Maryland's information and referral service, to see if there are resources available to help.

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