Friday, June 29, 2012

Beat the heat Friday, June 29

The Friday - Sunday forecast is wicked hot, hot enough for the city to implement the Heat Emergency Plan (plan in PDF).   This weather is dangerous, especially for children, the elderly, and homeless (you can call the United Planning Organization about water for homeless individuals and families, (202) 399-7093).

Cooling centers throughout the city are open.   To find a cooling center, call 311 or go to the HSEMA website (PDF).

The Department of Parks and Recreation has expanded pool hours (Word) through Sunday, July 1.   DPR also includes information from the fire department―leave those hydrants alone!―and about heat stroke.

Remember to be safe and here are some precautions to take:

  • Staying indoors as much as possible and limiting outside ventures between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes
  • DO NOT leave children or pets in vehicles

The Department of Health also provides safety tips in extreme hot weather.

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