Thursday, June 28, 2012

Beat the heat

The forecast is a 90-plus degree today and 100 degrees tomorrow.   That's hot, hot, hot!   And 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).

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.

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