LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With temperatures in parts of Los Angeles County expected to rise into the triple digits this weekend, several emergency cooling centers will be opened throughout the county on Saturday and Sunday.
The centers will open at public facilities to provide community members without air conditioning in their homes some relief from the heat, free of charge.
The centers will be located at:
- Claremont Library: 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
- Stevenson Ranch Library: 25950 The Old Rd., Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
- Quartz Hill Library: 5040 W. Avenue M-2, Quartz Hill, CA 93356
The cooling centers will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m, and will operate in compliance with physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety criteria.
The County also reminds all members of the public to take the following extra precautions during hot weather:
- Avoid the sun – stay indoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
- Drink plenty of fluids – 2 to 4 glasses of water every hour during times of extreme heat.
- Replace salt and minerals – sweating removes salt and minerals from your body, so replenish these nutrients with low sugar fruit juices or sports drinks during exercise or when working outside.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Pace yourself – reduce physical activity and avoid exercising outdoors during peak heat hours.
- Wear appropriate clothing – wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors.
- Stay cool indoors during peak hours – set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°.
- Monitor those at high risk – check on elderly neighbors, family members and friends who do not have air conditioning. Infants and children up to 4 years old, people who overexert during work (e.g. construction workers) and people 65 years and older are at the highest risk of heat-related illnesses.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
- Keep pets indoors – heat also affects your pets, so please keep them indoors. If they will be outside, make sure they have plenty of water and a shaded area to help them keep cool.
More locations may be added or hours extended based on weather conditions.
For a list of the County’s Emergency Cooling Centers or view a map, visit ready.lacounty.gov/heat or dial 2-1-1.