First Heat Related Death of the Year in Maryland

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First Heat Related Death of the Year in Maryland


Take great care during the hot days of summer.


The Maryland Department of Health announced the state's first reported heat-related death of 2020. The death occurred in Baltimore City and the decedent was a male in his 30s:

“As we’re seeing higher heat indexes, Marylanders are urged to take precautions to avoid overheating and to know the signs of heat-related illness,” said Secretary Robert R. Neall.

The Maryland Department of Health encourages using the following tips to help cope with hot weather:

- Drink plenty of fluids
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and overly-sweetened beverages
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing
- Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen; stay in the shade
- Avoid salt tablets, unless advised by a doctor to take them
- Take it easy outside: schedule physical activity in the morning or evening, when it’s cooler. Take breaks if needed

For resources on staying safe in hot weather, visit:



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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (14)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... it's so easy these days to succumb to heat-related ailments. I was out showing property most of the day on Saturday and by the time I was home I was totally wiped!

Jul 28, 2020 05:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - hopefully sharing this information will alert others to take necessary precautions.  For themselves as well as others.  

Jul 28, 2020 05:35 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh Roy, this is a sad one, but a good reminder that the hot weather can cause problems so take it seriously!

Jul 28, 2020 05:48 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Roy Kelley - that is sad to hear, especially at that age.

Jul 28, 2020 05:57 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I haven't checked our numbers but with it always being very hot here during the summer months, I am certain we have heat-related deaths as well.

Jul 28, 2020 07:28 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That graph is informative in helping determine whether it's heat stroke or exhaustion.

Jul 28, 2020 01:37 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - This is so sad.  Most people do not realize how heat can affect them.  Many tourists in southern Arizona, go hiking and don't drink enough water.  It is so critical to stay out of the strong sun during the height of the day. 

Jul 28, 2020 02:12 PM