BALTIMORE (AP) — With a code red heat alert in effect through the weekend, Baltimore’s Department of Recreation and Parks is moving to a rotating swim schedule and opening 12 centers as cooling stations.

Special swim sessions, which include adult, family and lap swim sessions, will be suspended and pools will open for three two-hour open swim sessions through Sunday.

Director Greg Bayor says city pools and cooling centers give residents a chance to escape the heat. The rotating schedule provides all swimmers an opportunity to enter the pools on days where attendance is high and gives pool staff a break from the heat.

City residents can call 311 to get information about the closest cooling center. Anyone who is experiencing the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke should call 911.

Click here for the pool schedule.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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