A Cooling Center has been created by the city of South Pasadena as a result of excessive heat.
During times of sizzling hot weather, senior citizens and people with disabilities are at a greater risk, warn health officials.
A Cooling Center at the South Pasadena Senior Center and will provide a central area where people can cool down when temperatures reach or exceed 96 degrees.
The South Pasadena Senior Center has been designated as a place where community members can find relief from high temperature. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The South Pasadena Public Library is a second place for individuals to beat the heat and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For additional information contact the South Pasadena Senior Center at (626) 403-7360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you plan to be outdoors, the City of South Pasadena recommends taking precautions from the sun and heat:
- Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate more!
- Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
- Reduce physical activity.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors.
- Avoid hot, heavy meals that include proteins.
- Set your 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.
- Check on elderly neighbors and family and friends who do not have air conditioning.
- Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.
- Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
- Don’t forget about pets, they need plenty of water and shade.
Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.
The City of South Pasadena contributed to this story.