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DRP Announces Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

DRP Announces Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Record High Temperatures Expected

DPR Announces Ways to Beat the Summer Heat
Record High Temperatures Expected

DPR Customer Service:  (202) 673-7647

DPR Aquatics Division:  (202) 671-1289
DPR Media Contact:  John Stokes, (202) 288-7275, john.stokes@dc.gov


 


(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced extended outdoor pool hours, due to the expected high temperatures for Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17, 2013.   While all pools will continue to observe their regularly scheduled closure day, select pools will have extended hours.  According to the National Weather Service, the District will have extremely high temperatures and high humidity.  Residents are encouraged to stay inside if possible.

To help residents beat the heat, the following pools will have extended hours:



Ward 1
Banneker Recreation Center Pool  (2500 Georgia Avenue NW)  ||  Tues., July 16: 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm  ||  Wed., July 17: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ward 2
Francis Pool  (25th & N Street, NW)   ||  Wed., July 17: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm  ** Closed on Tuesdays
Jelleff Recreation Center Pool  (3265 S Street NW)  || 11:00 am - 8:00 pm  ** Closed on Wednesdays
Volta Park Pool (1555 34th Street, NW)  ||  12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  (both days)

Ward 4
Upshur Recreation Center Pool  (4300 Arkansas Avenue NW)  ||  Tues., July 16: 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm  ||  Wed., July 17: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ward 5
Harry Thomas Sr. Pool (1743 Lincoln Road NE)  || 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  ** Closed on Tuesdays
Langdon Park Pool (2860 Mills Avenue NW)  ||  Tues., July 16: 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm  ||  Wed., July 17: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Theodore Hagans Jr. Pool (3201 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE)  ||  Tues., July 16: 11:00 a.m. - 8:30 pm  ||  Wed., July 17: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm                        

Ward 6
Randall Pool (25 I Street SW)  ||  Tues., July 16: 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  ||  Wed., July 17: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Rosedale Pool  (1701 Gales Street, NE)  ||  1:00 pm - 8:00 pm  ** Closed on Wednesdays

Ward 7
Benning Park Pool  (Southern Ave. & Fable St., SE)  ||  Tues., July 16: 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm  ||  Wed., July 17: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fort Dupont Pool  (830 Ridge Road SE)  || 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  ** Closed on Tuesdays
Kelly Miller Pool  (4900 Brooks Street NE)  || 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  (both days)

Ward 8
Anacostia Pool (1800 Anacostia Drive SE)  || 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  (both days)                           
Barry Farm Pool (1230 Sumner Road, SE)  ||  11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  ** Closed on Tuesdays  
Douglass Pool  (1921 Fredrick Douglass Court SE)  ||  11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  ** Closed on Wednesdays
Fort Stanton Pool (1800 Erie Street, SE)  ||  Tues., July 16: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  ||  Wed., July 17: 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Oxon Run Pool (501 Mississippi Avenue, SE)  ||  Tues., July 16: 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm  ||  Wed., July 17: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      
Pools that are not listed will operate on their normal, individual operating schedules.

If the temperatures rises above 94 degrees and a code red is issued, fields and outdoor courts will be closed. 



D.C. Recreation Centers, D.C. Public Libraries and D.C. Senior Wellness Centers are all great places to beat the heat and are open to the public. Many of these locations provide not only a cool place to rest, but also provide water and indoor activities.



D.C. Water and D.C. Fire and EMS officials want to remind the public that unauthorized fire-hydrant use is unlawful, dangerous and damaging.


Beat-the-Heat Tips



It is recommended that those with lung disease, asthma, small children and the elderly stay inside if at all possible to avoid unhealthy outdoor air.

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.
    •    Pay special attention to young children, the elderly and the mentally ill.
    •    Drink plenty of water.  Do not drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
    •    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 (the sun is most powerful between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.).
    •    Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
    •    If you do not have access to a cool-temperature location, visit one of the District’s cooled indoor facilities.
    •    People with respiratory problems, or illnesses should please stay indoors.
    •    Regularly check on and pay special attention to:
    •    Infants and young children
    •    People aged 65 or older
    •    People who have a mental illness
    •    Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
    •    Call 311 for detailed information about cooling center locations.

Residents should also be reminded that these hot and humid conditions can cause many medical problems, such as heat stroke and exhaustion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider heat stroke to be the most serious heat-related illness. According to CDC, “heat stroke occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.”


Symptoms of heat stroke:
    •    Hot, dry skin (no sweating)
    •    Hallucinations
    •    Chills
    •    Throbbing headache
    •    High body temperature
    •    Confusion/dizziness
    •    Slurred speech

Groups at greatest risk for heat-related illness:
    •    Infants
    •    Children up to four years of age
    •    People 65 years of age and older
    •    People who are overweight
    •    People who are ill or on certain medications.


Groups at greatest risk should be monitored carefully, and their environments should be regulated. The CDC recommends that those at greatest risk be closely monitored and visited at least twice a day to view for possible signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children should also be closely monitored.

 

ABOUT THE DC DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
The misson of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation is to enhance the quality of life and wellness of DC residents and visitors by providing equal access to affordable and quality recreational services, by organizing programs, activities and events; and by building and maintaining safe and beautiful open spaces and recreational amenities.  DPR currently operates 78 playgrounds, 68 recreation centers, 900 acres of park land, 40 aquatic features (pools and spray parks), 375 parks, over 200 play courts (basketball & tennis), and over 100 athletic fields.


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