DC Heat Emergency Plan is activated

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Weather Service reports the temperature is 88 degrees with a heat index of 97 degrees. The Heat Emergency Plan has been activated.

As temperatures rise, the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and DC Water urge those in the District not to tamper with fire hydrants.

Unauthorized hydrant use can hamper firefighting, damage the water system and cause injury. Tampering with hydrants can also flood the streets, creating traffic dangers and it can lower the water pressure for everyone on the block.

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 recreation facility, senior center or other air-conditioned building. More information, and locations, can be found at hsema.dc.gov or by calling 311.