Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Staying cool on another hot, hot day

The forecast for today is more wicked heat and humidity, 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 today.

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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