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Beat the Heat: Cooling Centers and Heat Safety Tips
July 16, 2019
By Admin
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Now that summer is here, everyone is looking for the best ways to beat the heat!  

One way to survive the heat is to visit a cooling center. LA County has designated facilities County-wide that are open to the public and free of cost on high weather temperature days. All cooling centers have air conditioners which provide seniors and vulnerable populations relief from high weather temperatures. 

To find cooling center locations and hours, dial 2-1-1. 

Here are 10 other ways you can stay cool this summer: 

1.) Avoid the sun from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
2.) Reduce physical activity when temperatures are extremely high.
3.) Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored, lightweight, and loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors
4.) Avoid hot, heavy meals that include proteins.
5.) Set the air conditioner between 75° to 80°.  If you don’t have air-conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility.
6.) Check on elderly neighbors, family, and friends who do not have air conditioning.
7.) Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty.
8.) Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun. (See our Sunscreen Tips article for more things you may not know about using sunscreen effectively!)
9.) Visit the pool or your local public library (Click on the links to find locations near you)
10.) Insulate your home by installing weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside. (Did you know there are low-cost and free weatherization programs to help with this for people with low incomes? Search “weatherization” on our website or call 2-1-1 to find programs near you)