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 Los Angeles County, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. A list of the location and times of operation of the 55 cooling stations in Los Angeles County can be accessed at http://antonovich.com/heat-alert-los-angeles-county-opens-cooling-centers/ or by dialing 2-1-1.
Local stations include Glendale Parks and Recreation Community Svcs, (818) 548-3775, 201 E. Colorado Blvd. 91205 Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sparr Heights Community Center, (818) 548-2188, 1613 Glencoe Way. 91208. Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. 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 during peak heat hours such as a mall, park, or library.
- Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.
- Don’t exercise vigorously outside during the hottest hours of the day.