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When Temperatures Rise, Know Where to Go for Relief

As temperatures and humidity levels soar this summer, it is important to remember where residents can find relief from the DC heat. Even if you have air conditioning or a fan to cool off, please make sure to check on your neighbors who might be seeking additional help from the extreme heat.

DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency has put together a list of ways residents can “Beat the Heat” this summer, and encourages residents to call 311 for information about public swimming pools, street showers and cooling centers in the District.

Click here for more information. 

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 heat index gets above 95 or the wind chill gets 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.

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.