It’s also recommended that those who will spend time outside in the heat eat smaller meals. Doctors suggest people make sure to drink plenty of water, stay out of direct sunlight and wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
Monitor for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you’re not feeling well, get to a cool, well-ventilated place.
During extreme heat conditions, vans from the United Planning Organization canvass areas throughout the District looking for people suffering from the heat and transport them to cooling centers.
Police recommend children and pets be kept inside and not left in cars. The Prince George’s County Fire Department suggests if you leave a child or pet in the car, that you also leave your purse or cell phone so that you’ll be reminded to return quickly.
For those who don’t have air conditioning, make sure air is circulating at home by using fans and opening windows. Use ice packs and cool water to reduce body temperature.
D.C. also provides free cooling centers for people to use in extreme weather.
In this kind of heat, it’s best to take pets for a walk in the morning or late evening when temperatures are coolest, says Dr. Katy Nelson, an Alexandria-based veterinarian.
Limit your pet’s outdoor exercise and play and always keep water available. If you do leave your pets outside, Nelson suggests having a cool, shady spot and plenty of water.
“If you have the option of putting them in the air conditioning, that’s probably the best option,” she says.
She emphasizes: “Never ever, ever leave them in the car.”
The District’s Parks and Recreation Department is extending the operating hours of certain pools through the weekend until 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., depending on the location. Though the pools will be open late, the department suggests residents limit their time outside.
“It is our hope that District residents will remain inside as our city prepares for the second heat wave of the summer,” said DPR Director Jes