WASHINGTON - Last weekend, the heat really hit hard. You may remember the “Together 2016” was on the street and U.S. Park Police had to cancel the event because the heat got so bad. This weekend will be no different – which is one reason officials are taking steps to prepare.
Over 500 people were treated for heat related illnesses last weekend, and 35 people had to be rushed to the hospital. Although there are no huge events this coming weekend, there are Washington National games for the next three days-- with a day game on Sunday.
FOX 5 talked with Fire Chief Gregory M. Dean about how he is preparing across the city for the heat wave.
"We’re going to put out 5 additional units. Either medic units, or ambulances allowing us to be able to address, if we have additional calls because of the heat,” Dean said.
If you're looking for a place to stay cool in the District, here's a map showing all of DC's cooling centers (app users, click here to see it):
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency says in the event of extreme heat, you should take the following precautions:
Stay indoors as much as possible.
Turn on the air-conditioner or fan.
DO NOT leave children or pets in vehicles.
Drink plenty of water.
Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.
Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside. SPF 15-30 is best.
Limit exposure to the sun, especially between 10 AM and 3 PM when it is strongest.
Watch for symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.