What this means for residents, visitors, and business and government employees is that they should take a number of precautions including:
- 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.
The city will activate the Heat Emergency Plan (plan in PDF) when the temperature reaches 95. This means 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 extended pool hours during this horribly hot weather and details about pool hours are on the DPR website.
@susiecambria all dc govt bldgs can be used as a respite from the heat.— DC Homeland Security (@DC_HSEMA) June 21, 2012