Phoenix is experiencing a heat wave this week. The city takes these types of record-breaking temperatures very seriously, and is working to mitigate the impacts of the heat in many ways.
Providing places to cool off:
- 47 Cooling and hydration stations through the We’re Cool Heat Relief Network, including 17 Phoenix Public Library locations that serve as refuge locations where people can get out of the heat, access water, and enjoy great programs.
- 29 City pools, 10 splash pads and 32 rec centers. See list here.
Ensuring that our streets function properly:
Did you know that the surface temperature of our city streets could reach 180 degrees today? Streets Department analysts test asphalt in a materials lab oven, to make sure that it can function in high temperatures. Media is invited to come see how it works.
- Phoenix’s Tree and Shade Master Plan strives to aggressively improve the city’s tree and shade canopy, a crucial element in keeping the city livable and cooler in the years to come.
- Phoenix’s Walkable Urban (WU) Code adds much needed shade in walkable urban areas.
- Buildings can reduce their cooling energy use by up to 20% by having a cool roof. Phoenix has painted the roofs of many city facilities white which reflects heat and keeps the buildings cool, resulting in cost savings.
Keeping our employees safe:
- Alternate schedules: Some field staff are shifting their work schedules to a 4:30 a.m. start to decrease heat exposure.
- Heat programs are in place to educate staff about heat exhaustion.
- Wearing protective eyewear, hats and visors over hard hats as well as industrial grade cooling towels and neck wraps.
- Working in pairs while in the sun, allowing work partners to recognize heat exhaustion.
Keeping residents informed:
- Take a Hike. Do it Right. Enjoy parks and trails during cooler morning hours. Park rangers are actively educating hikers and dogs are not allowed on city trails when the temperature is over 100 degrees.
- Phoenix Police invite residents to Check on Family and Friends Fridays. This is an effort to check on others to ensure their most basic needs are being attended to during extreme heat.
- Renters have the right to live in temperatures no higher than 82 degrees inside their home. The city’s landlord/tenant counselors investigate complaints.
- Follow #PHXHeat on social media.
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