Nurse Courtney’s Suggestions for Beating the Summer Heat

We asked Courtney Pladsen, FNP for advice on how to stay cool in the heat — Please let the homeless you meet know of their cooling station options!

“The city has an extensive heat emergency plan including cooling stations across the city, pools, and the specific shelter that will stay open during the day.

  • Courtney3Here’s a link http://hsema.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/hsema/publication/attachments/Heat-Emergency-Plan-2016.pdfIn the event of extreme heat, you should take the following precautions:
  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Turn on the air-conditioner or fan.
  • DO NOT leave children or pets in vehicles.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside. SPF 15-30 is best.
  • Limit exposure to the sun, especially¬† between 10 AM and 3 PM when it is strongest
  • Watch for symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Visit one of the District’s “Cooling Centers” located throughout the city, if you do not have access to a cool-temperature location.
  • For information about water for the homeless, contact United Planning Organization at (202) 399-7093.”