Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Use a pool (not a fire hydrant) to get cool this summer

The safe and legal way to get wet to beat the heat this summer―actually, every summer―is to use swimming pools and not by opening fire hydrants.   The Department of Parks and Recreation has more than 40 aquatic facilities open this summer; use this search and mapping tool to find a pool, splash park, etc. near you.

Opening fire hydrants is dangerous in so many ways, as the June 21 DC Water press release explains.   From the release:

District Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe added, "Opening a hydrant can lower the water pressure and seriously affect our ability to fight fires. Also, the force of pressurized water coming out of a hydrant can knock a person down and lead to injury."

Residents and visitors in the District can keep cool by staying in shade or air conditioning and drinking plenty of water. When the temperature or heat index reaches 95, residents are encouraged to take extra precautions against the heat. If they do not live in an air-conditioned building, they may take refuge at a District swimming pool, cooling center, recreation facility, senior center or other air-conditioned building. More information, and locations, can be found at dc.gov or by calling 311.

And of particular interest to community organizations, nonprofits, and District government agencies holding events this summer, DC Water makes a misting tent and cooling stations available on a first-come, first-served basis.   More information about these great resources is available by calling the Office of External Affairs at 787-2200 or by going online to the DC Water Event Request Form page.

Finally, watch Wendy the Waterdrop explain why opening fire hydrants is a bad move:

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