Extreme heat and poverty are a deadly mix. Drink water and stay cool. Here is alist of local “cooling centers”
The list of L. A. County
Cooling Centers is attached to these hot weather safety precautions. If you are planning to visit one of these
Cooling Centers, it is advisable that you call in
advance to make sure there is still seating available. If a
Cooling Center is not operational, check the attached list for another Cooling Center nearest you or call “211”. Check with your
local library when looking for a place to cool down. They have great resources and plenty to
read while you escape the heat. For further information on heat waves, go to
If you plan to be outdoors, please take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat.
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.
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 your pets, they need plenty of water and shade.
Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches,
muscle cramps and increased thirst.
For questions or concerns regarding the Cooling Center Program, please contact the Los Angeles
County Office of Emergency Management at (323) 459-3779.