County Opens Cooling Centers To Deal With Soaring Heat
The Weather Service has forecast very high temperatures for the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys from Saturday, July 2 through Tuesday, July 5.
To provide relief from the heat for the elderly and others who face heat-related health difficulties and stress, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will open cooling centers throughout the County.
In the Santa Clarita Valley, there are two cooling centers:
SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall (259-9444). Hours at the Senior Center are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday
Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia (259-8942). Hours at the library are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday
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The Department of Public Health recommends several ways to manage the heat:
- Never leave children, elderly people, or pets alone in a parked vehicle
- Wear light, loose fitting clothing to stay cool
- Drink water often. Avoid drinking alcohol
- Check on those in your neighborhood who have limited mobility
- Stay in an air-conditioned area (a mall, park, or library) during peak heat hours. Avoid unnecessary exposure
- When in the sun, wear a hat with a wide brim
- Don’t exercise vigorously outside during the hottest hours of the day.
Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst.
If you plan to be outdoors, please take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat:
- Put on plenty of sunblock and wear a wide-brimmed hat or carry an umbrella
- Wear light loose-fitting clothing
- Drink water often – don’t wait until you are thirsty
- Avoid unnecessary exertion
If you experience dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst, you need to relax in a cooler shaded place and drink water or a sports drink.
Move severe symptoms, such as disorientation, pale and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or fast and shallow breathing, may indicate heat exhaustion or impending heat stroke. Seek immediate medical attention.
Never leave a senior, child or pet in a closed car or any vehicle since temperatures can quickly rise to life-threatening levels.
If you know seniors who live along or people whose immune and/or respiratory systems are not working properly, check on them regularly to make sure they are staying cool.
Offer assistance to “shut ins” in your neighborhood. Check on them frequently during hot weather.