Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Trains may be subject to heat-related speed restrictions.
Metro riders will be allowed to drink water on the transit system on Wednesday after the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the Washington, DC, region, according to a press release. The transit agency is lifting its “no drinking” policy for water only. While riders can’t consume other beverages or food on the system, they can drink water in stations, on buses and aboard Metro trains. Riders are encouraged to use receptacles that can be tightly secured and to properly dispose of trash. Metro trains may be subject to 35 mph speed restrictions as a safety precaution during periods of extreme heat. WMATA is encouraging riders to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updated information. The agency is also reminding riders to …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Even leaving a child or pet alone in a hot car for a few minutes can result in serious injury or death.
We’ve all climbed into our cars on extremely hot days when temperatures hit the triple digits and complained that it feels like being in an oven. What many don't realize is that temperatures in cars on hot days can reach almost 200 degrees, meaning they are actually hot enough to cook certain foods, Christine Delise, a public affairs spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, says. Delise says it’s important to get the word out that cars can become very dangerous in the heat and remind people that they should never leave a child or a pet unattended in a vehicle. “It’s enough of a safety concern that many safety advocates and officials have put together campaigns and are working on getting the word out,” she said. Heat stroke, which can result …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Temperatures in Maryland and Washington, DC, may reach almost 100 degrees this week. What do you do to stay cool?
During the summer, temperatures often get so hot they’re considered unhealthy, forcing pool and beach lovers inside. Rachel Ugarte, a Washington, DC, resident, says she sometimes brings her 16-month-old son Antonio to play in downtown Silver Spring’s fountain park, but often, she says they spend hot summer days in cool locations like public libraries. “When I moved here from California I thought we’d be out in the pools, but it’s too hot,” Ugarte said. Errol George, Prince George’s County assistant fire chief, recommends that residents try to stay inside as much as possible when the weather is extremely hot. “If you’re doing yard work, try and do it in spurts of maybe 15 minutes at a time, taking frequent breaks in a cooler area and …
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Health officials: Avoid prolonged time outdoors and take precautions to avoid heat-related illness.
As heat continues to smother most of the United States, Montgomery County is waking up to another day of dangerously high temperatures and poor air quality. Meanwhile, local governments are attempting to provide residents some relief. The county issued a news release early Wednesday evening reminding residents that county facilities are open—and cool. County recreation centers are waiving normal sign-in and access card requirements in order to offer residents respite from the heat. Libraries, swimming pools, senior centers and regional services centers are also open and air-conditioned. The City of Rockville announced Wednesday that five city facilities would be open for residents looking to cool down. County officials urged residents to …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Avoid strenuous activity outdoors today.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, along with the Maryland Department of the Environment, has issued a Code Orange air quality alert for Tuesday for Montgomery County. The entire Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is affected by the air quality alert. Code Orange means that air pollution concentrations may become unhealthy for certain sensitive groups, including children, people with asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases and the elderly. Air pollution effects can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors. Tuesday will be mostly sunny with a high near 91 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.