School is out, the summer heat is here and there are already local drownings and water accidents.
But what many parents may not realize is there is a form of drowning that's deceptive and kills over time.
It is called "secondary drowning" or sometimes "near drowning." It occurs when a child is submerged in water and comes out coughing and sputtering, and develops breathing problems later.
Read more on WTOP.com.
D.C. Water is asking residents to leave the fire hydrants alone as the temperatures soar this summer.
Meddling with hydrants can flood streets, reduce water pressure, damage the water system and make fighting fires more difficult. It's also illegal and any one caught opening a hydrant could be fined $100.
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"You don't want to rush that," he advises, "so a big thing is not to push yourself too fast, too soon."
Exercise early or late whenever possible, avoiding the hottest parts of the day. And Horowitz -- who recently competed in an ultra-marathon in Africa -- suggests wearing technical clothing that allows sweat to evaporate.
Read more tips from Horowitz on WTOP.com.
Utility companies across the D.C. metro area are urging customers to conserve energy as this week's heat wave reaches sweltering levels.
"High temperatures are expected to cause an increased demand for electricity throughout the mid-Atlantic region," says Bob Hainey, spokesman for Pepco.
The company has labeled Wednesday a "Peak Savings Day," which means Maryland customers who use less energy can potentially save money on their next bill.
Additionally, Maryland and D.C. customers enrolled in the company's Energy Wise Rewards program can expect a conservation period from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. During that time, Pepco will "cycle the participants' air conditioner compressors off and on."
The auto club is reminding everyone to stay cool and safe in dangerous heat. Also, drivers should be ready for what can happen to a vehicle in this type of extreme weather.
In 2013, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s highway heroes came to the rescue of more than 440,000 motorists for towing, battery and tire services during June through August.
“Heat is the nemesis to your car battery and all of the rubber hoses, belts, and tires on your vehicle, which can make a vehicle very vulnerable to breakdowns during the summer months,” said AAA spokesman John Townsend in a news release. “Preventative maintenance can help avoid unexpected, precarious and expensive breakdowns as we head into high heat of summer months.”
Extreme heat, especially when it lasts for extended periods, can actually take a greater toll
on your vehicle than the cold of winter, AAA reports.
AAA offers these tips for help keep drivers and their cars safe in the heat:
Before hitting the road:
Once on the road:
Rockville has opened four cooling centers for residents suffering from this week's high temperatures.
The centers are located at the following City facilities:
• Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave.
• Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive
• Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive
• Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway
Get more information on the Rockville website.
Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine
Center, 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville
Community Center, 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg
Center, 3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie
Community Center, 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant
Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park
Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel,
Center, 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill
Center, 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden
Glenn Dale Community
Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte. 193), Glenn Dale
Good Luck Community
Center, 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham
Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills
John E. Howard
Community Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
Center, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
Lake Arbor Community
Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville
Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville
Community Center, 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights
Community Center, 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood
Community Center, 2311 Ritchie Road, Forestville
Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights
Center, 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro
Center, 610 Hill Road, Landover
Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum
Activity Center, 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant
Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie
Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort
Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville
Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills
Community Center, 5400 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro
Center, 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville
Camp Springs Senior
Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs
Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel
John E. Howard
Senior Activity Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
Annapolis Senior Center- 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis
O'Malley Senior Center- 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton
Pasadena Senior Center- 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena
Pascal Senior Center- 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie
South County Senior
Center- 27 Stepneys Lane,
Arnold Senior Center- 44 Church Rd, Arnold
Howard County: (http://www.howardcountymd.gov/cooling_center_info.htm)
Gary J. Arthur Community Center- 2400 Route 97, Cooksville
North Laurel Community Center- 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel
Roger Carter Recreation Center- 3676 Fel’s Lane, Ellicott City
Bain Center- 5470
Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia
East Columbia Senior Center- 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
Elkridge Senior Center- 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge
Ellicott City Senior Center- 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City
Glenwood Senior Center- 2400 Route 97, Cooksville
Longwood Senior Center- 6150 Foreland Garth, Columbia
North Laurel Senior Center- 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel
Bailey's Community Center- 5920 Summers Lane, Falls
703-931-7027; TTY 711
Gum Springs Community Center- 8100 Fordson Road,
703-360-6088; TTY 711
Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center- 1086
Elden Street, Herndon
703-435-6830; TTY 711
James Lee Community Center- 2855-A Annandale Road,
703-534-3387; TTY 711
Huntington Community Center- 5751 Liberty Drive, Alexandria
703-960-1917; TTY 711
Mott Community Center- 12111 Braddock Road,
703-278-8605; TTY 711
David R. Pinn Community Center- 10225 Zion Drive,
703-250-9181; TTY 711
Sacramento Neighborhood Center- 8792-E Sacramento
703-619-2964; TTY 711
Southgate Community Center- 12125 Pinecrest Road,
703-860-0676; TTY 711
Willston Multicultural Center- 6131 Willston
Drive, Falls Church
703-536-8943; TTY 711
Fairfax County Government Center- 12000 Government
Center Parkway, Fairfax
IONA Senior Services- 4125
Albemarle St NW
Fort Stevens Recreation Center- 1327 Van Buren St NW
Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center- 324
Kennedy St NW
Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center- 3531
Georgia Ave NW
VIDA Spanish Senior Center- 1842 Calvert St NW
Frank D. Reeves Center- 2000 14th St NW
Asian Senior Center- 417 G Pl NW
One Judiciary Square- 441 4th St NW
Model Cities Senior Wellness Center- 1901
Evarts St NE
The Virginia Williams Family Resource Center- 33 N St
Hayes Senior Wellness Center- 500 K St NE
Washington Senior Wellness Center- 3001
Alabama Ave SE
Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center- 3500
Martin Lither King JR Ave SE