Hot Tips for Keeping Cool


Extremely hot weather can cause serious health problems for people of all ages. Take precautions during hot weather:

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  • Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic), even if you're not thirsty.
  • Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay cool indoors.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully and wear sunscreen.
  • If you exercise outdoors, go in the morning or evening hours.
  • Eat light, regular meals — avoid hot foods and heavy meals.
  • Never leave anyone — infants, children, or pets — in a parked car.
  • Know the signs of heat related illness.
  • All County facilities — including community centers and libraries — are air-conditioned and open to the public.

Arlington's Cooling Assistance and Fan Care Programs Open June 15

  • Fans: The Arlington Agency on Aging can help older residents obtain a fan. Call 703-228-1700. Seniors are especially susceptible to heat-related illness, so check on your older neighbors.
  • Bill Assistance: Arlington also administers Virginia's Cooling Assistance Program,  which provides relief from summer cooling bills for qualifying Arlington households.  Applications may be obtained and submitted June 15 - August 15 at 2100 Washington Blvd. 1st Floor, Arlington VA 22204. For more information call 703-228-1350. 

HyperthermiaA Hot Weather Hazard for Older People
"Hyperthermia" is the general name given to a variety of heat-related illnesses. The two most common forms of hyperthermia are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Learn what you can do to avoid hyperthermia.

Conserve Energy, Avoid Brownouts
Heat waves increase electricity demand and can result in voltage reductions or "brownouts." Take steps to conserve energy during periods of unusually high demand. Read tips on conserving power. Also, read about the County government's operations plans for Code Red/Orange days.

Summer Camp Program Weather Policy

  • When the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments issues a Code Red or Code Purple advisory:
    Summer Camps will cancel outdoor activities and outdoor field trips (including swim trips). Alternative indoor activities will be offered.
  • In the event of thunder, lightning, heavy rain or severe conditions:
    Summer Camps will cancel outdoor activities and outdoor field trips unless conditions improve. Alternative indoor activities will be offered.

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Last Modified: March 20, 2014
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