FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANAHEIM OFFERS COOLING CENTERS AND HEALTH CARE TIPS DURING THE WARM WEATHER
ANAHEIM, Calif. (September 5, 2013) – In times of higher than normal temperatures, Anaheim libraries and community centers serve as regional “cooling centers,” offering relief from the hot weather. The list of “cooling centers” is listed below. In addition, the following health care tips can help residents remain safe from heat-related illnesses.
Downtown Community Center: 250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA 92805, (714) 765-4500 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Brookhurst Community Center: 2271 W. Crescent Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801, (714) 765-3373 Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
West Anaheim Youth Center: 320 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92804, (714) 765-6400
Monday-Friday: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning September 16);Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Recommended precautions to prevent heat related illnesses as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:
- Stay cool indoors. Use your air conditioner to cool your home. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit public facilities such as shopping malls, community centers or libraries to stay cool. Do not rely on electric fans as your primary cooling device during a heat wave. When the temperature is in the high 90’s or higher, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is a more effective way to cool off.
- Drink more fluids, especially water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
- Check often on those at high-risk. This includes older adults, those with chronic medical conditions, people with disabilities, those who take certain medications and children. Make sure their air conditioner is turned on, or offer to take them to a cooler place.
If you have to be outside in the heat, follow these recommendations:
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and a hat to provide shade from the sun. Use sunscreen.
- Avoid over-exertion and schedule outdoor activities for the cooler part of the day. Spend as much time as possible in the shade.
- Never leave a person or pet unattended in a closed car or other vehicle.
Additional information can be found at Anaheim.net/prepare.