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 AngelesCounty can be accessed below or by dialing 2-1-1.
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