Excessive Heat in DC Prompts Heat Emergency Procedures

  Due to the expected high heat index in the city, Mayor Bowser activated DC’s Heat Emergency Plan for the period of Saturday July 18th through Wednesday, July 22nd. Cooling Centers During the heat emergency, cooling centers around the city will open for residents to seek relief from the heat. Certain public recreation centers, public libraries, and public schools are open to the public as places to cool down. Unlike previous years, public pools and spray parks will not be open as cooling centers; these places will remain closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency. All…

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Camp Safety in the COVID Era

  Despite continued concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, summer camp is back in session for kids across the nation. It looks little like it did in the past, however, with digital and hybrid offerings taking over. Some camps are exclusively virtual, while others allow kids to meet in person during the day — but only if they take extra safety precautions. Despite these measures, camp is far from risk-free. A youth camp outbreak in Georgia, for example, led to infections among 85 children and counselors. Another camp in Missouri has led to an outbreak of more than 80 campers, counselors,…

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Safety Tips to Celebrate July 4th Safely and Avoid COVID-19

  Phased reopenings across the country have led some to believe that the coronavirus is no longer a threat, but this is not the case. In fact, Los Angeles County and several counties in Florida have closed their beaches for Independence Day weekend due to drastic increases in new cases of COVID-19. The pandemic is not contained, so celebrating Independence Day at home with your family is still the safest way to reduce the spread of infection. Celebrating Independence Day Safely DC’s Mayor Bowser has encouraged DC residents to celebrate July 4th at home, and to maintain distance if they…

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Summer Camp Hazards: How Parents Can Protect Their Kids

Summer camps help your children gain confidence, independence, and lifelong friendships. Unfortunately, this environment can also be highly dangerous — especially when you’re not around to monitor your children. Don’t let fear get in the way of a life-changing experience; take these steps to keep your children safe: Invest in Swimming Lessons Summer camp activities are often based around lakes. While some camps offer swimming lessons, it’s best to develop this crucial skill long before you send your kids to camp. Once your children are capable of swimming a full 50 yards on their own, you can feel confident as…

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Look Out For Parasite “Crypto” in Drinking and Swimming Water This Summer

Cryptosporidium, or “crypto,” is a water-borne parasite that causes a disease called cryptosporidiosis. Crypto is the leading cause of diarrhea caused by contact with water. Summer is the worst season for crypto, as the hot temperatures create ideal conditions for the virus to thrive. Over the past decade, the number of reported crypto cases has been rising as outbreaks become more frequent. Here are some tips for how to avoid catching this water-borne pathogen. Crypto Facts Listed below are some statistics from the CDC about the scope of the crypto problem: The number of outbreaks increased approximately 13% on average…

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Heat Advisory Warning for DC This Weekend – What to Know

This weekend, temperatures in DC will soar to over 100 degrees, with some areas forecast to be over 110 degrees. The extreme heat has prompted the city to enact its heat emergency plan to mediate the effects of the weather. The DC City Government advises people to be cautious of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. The high temperatures combined with the summer humidity create conditions that are dangerous for those who are outside too long and don’t stay properly hydrated. In order to beat the heat, the city is offering several options for those in need of relief: Cooling centers…

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Outdoor Fire Pit Maintenance and Precautions

Fire pits—whether they are portable or permanent—can provide warmth, ambiance, and style to outdoor gatherings. Since summertime is often associated with fire pit get-togethers, owners should be careful about the potential dangers if they fail to perform maintenance and take proper precautions. Necessary Maintenance Routine basic upkeep of outdoor fire pits is required just like an indoor fireplace would need. If you do not use your fire pit year round, thoroughly clean it at the beginning of each heavy-use season and remove excess ash buildup from previous use. During winter and spring months when fire pits are not used as…

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Game Day Food Safety Tips

The Super Bowl may be over, but the threat of bacteria in your game day food is far from gone! The buffet, potluck-style format of gatherings during big sports events can be a breeding ground for germs and illnesses. Proper food safety is key to staying safe during your next game day. Follow these tips for a stress-free sports party! Always Practice Cleanliness Not paying enough attention to cleanliness can lead to the spread of bacteria in game day food. You don’t want to share the dip with someone who doesn’t wash their hands! Always remember to properly clean your…

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Staying Safe While Playing Summer Sports in the Heat

Every year, hundreds of Americans die due to prolonged heat exposure. Summer heat can be particularly deadly for active types who will stop at little to get on the field. Read on to learn how you and your loved ones can continue to enjoy your favorite summer sports while staying safe: Hydration Hydration is critical not only during practices and games, but also leading up to physical activity. If you know that hotter-than-average weather is about to strike during game day, begin drinking more water than you would on an average day. Gradually Prepare For Heat Perhaps practices and games…

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The Dangers of Sudden Summer Thunderstorms (and How to Avoid Them)

Experts estimate that an astounding 1,800 thunderstorms strike our planet every day. They occur more frequently in certain locations and in certain weather conditions. Summer heat and moisture are especially likely to bring about unexpected lighting and thunder. These storms can be deadly; while figures vary significantly from one year to the next, the United States National Weather Service reported 40 lighting fatalities in 2016. Seek Shelter Immediately The moment a thunderstorm becomes evident, seek shelter. If possible, head indoors or towards your vehicle. If you’re alone in an open space, don’t stand under a tall object such as a…

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