URGENT WEATHER MESSAGE | Cooling Centers Opened

Excessive heat watch in effect for inland areas

Important Message:

The South Pasadena Senior Center and Library will be open as cooling centers on Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8 due to excessive heat warnings.  Both facilities offer cold water and air conditioning to the public.  Facility hours are as follows:
Senior Center – Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm;
Library – Monday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.A pair of “Cooling Centers” have been created by the city of South Pasadena as a result of excessive heat.

For questions please contact the South Pasadena Senior Center at (626)403-7360, or the South Pasadena Public Library at (626)403-7330.

Excessive Heat Watch  

During times of sizzling hot weather, senior citizens and  people with disabilities are at a greater risk, warn health officials.

Cooling Centers at the South Pasadena Senior Center and local library will provide a central area where people can cool down when temperatures reach or exceed 96 degrees.

The Senior Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to serve as a place to seek refuge from the hot weather.

During the weekend, the South Pasadena Public Library will be the designated place where people can’t find relief from the extreme heat.

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Monday through Friday it’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Should you have questions contact the South Pasadena Senior Center at (626) 403- 7360, or the South Pasadena Public Library at (626) 403-7330.

The City of South Pasadena contributed to this story.

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