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Feeling the Heat? Here’s How to Cool Off in DC


At last summer has arrived! Temperatures are on the rise along with the number of tourists walking around Capitol Hill. However, there comes a point when the heat and humidity are just too much to handle! DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency has put together a list of ways residents can “Beat the Heat” this summer, including public swimming pools, street showers, cooling centers and more.

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Our Clean Team and Ambassadors are also impacted by the rising temperatures, and the BID takes every necessary precaution to ensure the health and safety of its team members.

Andrew Lee, Director of Operations, does a great job of frequently checking the forecast and current temperature. “Our policy is to bring the teams in if the temperature gets above 95 or below 20 degrees,” he stated. “Heat index can be a tricky thing so we’re constantly out checking on the men, bringing them cold water and encouraging extra breaks.” Team member hours are adjusted so that they can start earlier in the morning and then leave by 1:00 or 2:00pm before the heat is too much to bear.

Often the BID hosts classroom refreshers on safety, standards, and other performance-related topics in the office when the weather is inclement. The health and safety of our Clean Team members and Ambassadors is a priority, and extreme weather reminds us to be extra cautious.