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How local communities, businesses are staying cool during heatwave

Kevon Dupree – June 21, 2024 – DC News Now

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) – An excessive heat watch is being issued for Montgomery County on Saturday, and communities and businesses are doing everything they can to stay safe as the scorching temperatures continue.

In Takoma Park, cooling centers are open for neighbors looking to beat the heat.

“It’s hot,” Takoma Park Recreation Programs supervisor, Chelsea Nunez, said. “We welcome people at all times.”

The centers offer various amenities for people to utilize.

We have several water fountains in the building so that you can stay hydrated. There are plenty of seats. You can sit down and hang out in here. Play the game that we have available,” Nunez said.

Businesses like JK Moving Services are also trying to keep their employees cool while out in the heat.

“We always provide all of our crews with iced cold water first thing in the morning,” JK Moving Services warehouse manager, Bailey Mahoney, said. “Water and Gatorade, making sure they’re getting fluids.”

Their teams take several breaks while helping customers move, and they dress appropriately for the warm conditions as well.

“They’re welcome to wear shorts,” Mahoney said. “We have them in khaki shorts. We got nice Dri-Fit shirts.”

Edwin Gonzalez started working for JK Moving Services two months ago. He said he makes sure to take care of himself, especially on hot days.

“I drink water and Gatorade, and take breaks,” Gonzalez said.

The county’s excessive heat watch has been issued for Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m.