WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The sun might have gone down, but the temperature was still high after a day where the heat soared to 95 degrees.

Firehouse 67 in Washington Heights demonstrated the sprinkler caps that any adult resident can request to help beat the heat.

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The caps cut down on wasted water that can hamper fire fighting efforts.

“Our main concern is fire protection and we also understand we were all kids too once, playing in the streets, and we understand kids want to get cooled off,” Deputy Chief Jay Jonas told TV 10/55’s Valerie Castro.

An open hydrant can spill out a thousand gallons of water a minute, the cap guts it down to 25, and everyone from kids to four legged friends can enjoy the refreshment.

“I guess it’s kind of a cooling mechanism for him,” dog owner Lewis Cabarroui said.

Pools made a big splash Tuesday as temperatures rose into the 90s across the Tri-State Area.

As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, it’s the scene that makes that summer sun overhead almost benign: a packed pool at Saxon Woods attracting people from all over the sizzling suburban landscape in White Plains.

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“Today is extremely hot, so you jump in and you fall out. It’s really good,” said Waleska Alicea, of Scarsdale.

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The day’s 95-degree heat had New Yorkers working out their coping strategies: staying in the shade, staying in the pool, and in general, staying out of the heat, Young reported.

“We got the AC on at home, trying to stay hydrated, trying to spend time at the pool,” said John Marsich, of Pelham.

“Very important to cool off and cool down,” said Kecia Ramsey, of Mt. Vernon.

“I go in, I come out. I relax. I go back in. I love the kids, love the atmosphere,” said Mary Muldoon, of Yonkers.

Meanwhile in New York City, officials are urging caution as temperatures are expected to continue in the low- to mid-90s the rest of the week.

“The vulnerable populations within the city: the elderly, the young, anyone with pre-existing medical conditions, and also pets,” Office of Emergency Management Deputy Commissioner Jonathan Jenkins told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

Brian Taylor with the Harlem Doggie Day Spa said they’re limiting how much time the animals spend outside.

“Most of the time we have them in the air conditioned room to make sure they’re cool and comfortable,” Taylor said.

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Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said hours at public pools have been extended to 8 p.m.