From Alert DC… Residents and visitors in the District should keep cool by staying in the shade or air conditioning and keeping hydrated. Residents are encouraged to:
- Wear loose fitting, lighter colored clothing. Take a ride on the metro or bus which are air conditioned
- If you don’t have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public libraries, museums, movie theaters, or other public spaces that are cool.
- Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
- Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes. Avoid drinks containing alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar as these can increase dehydration.
- Remember that the elderly, infants and those with chronic illnesses can dehydrate more easily and are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Observe for signs of heat-related illness such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting.
- Observe infants for signs of heat related illness such as not producing tears when crying or fewer diaper changes.
- Don’t forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too. Give them plenty of water.