- Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic), even if you’re not thirsty.
- Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing.
- Stay cool by staying indoors during the hottest parts of the day.
- 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 — these include:
- An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
- Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
- All County facilities — including community centers and libraries — are air-conditioned and open to the public.
- 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-Aug. 15 at 2100 Washington Blvd., First Floor, Arlington, VA 22204. For more information call 703-228-1350.
Hyperthermia — A 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.
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.
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.
Parks in Arlington with Water Features
More Cool Spots Around Arlington
- Arlington County Swimming Pools (adjacent to the public schools)
- Public Libraries
- Kettler Capitals Iceplex (located atop the Ballston Mall parking garage)
At-Risk Groups — Children, Teens & Seniors
- Heat Illness in Children
- Safety Tips for Fun in the Sun
- Heat and exercise: Keeping cool in hot weather
- Heat Stress in the Elderly
Heat Waves & Heat-Related Illness
- About Extreme Heat
- Extreme Heat Prevention Guide
- Hot Weather Tips
- Ready.gov – Extreme Heat (FEMA Guide)
Power Outages and Power Options
- Dominion Power – Electric Service Outage Information
- Safety During a Power Outage
- Avoiding Brownouts in Arlington
- Refrigerated Food and Power Outages: When to Save and When to Throw Out