Connor's Story


Connor's Story




Baltimore, MD

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I remember spending a lot of time outside during the summer when I was little. As I got older, I began to work summers as a lifeguard and camp swim instructor. When I first started, there were a handful of “Code Red” days, when campers weren’t allowed to play outside during the day because of the high heat index and low air quality. The only exception was recreational swim time. Baltimore City opened public cooling centers, where the city’s residents could get water and cool down. During the time I worked at a summer camp, the number of Code Red days increased, as well as the maximum temperature. Lifeguards and kids had to be extra mindful to drink lots of water and do their best to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke, as the heat waves grew longer and more intense.



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