LA heat wave continues to prompt extended hours at cooling centers
Cooling facilities will extend their hours until 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
The locations of cooling centers with extended hours are noted above in yellow.
The Los Angeles Office of the National Weather Service forecasts hot temperatures for the next few days. Downtown Los Angeles is expected to reach a high of 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures in the San Fernando Valley are expected to climb to triple digits.
The following Recreation and Parks facilities will remain open until 9p.m. today, Monday, August 13th and Tuesday August 14th. City facilities provide reasonable accommodations to ensure accessibility and effective communication for people with disabilities, access and functional needs. For more information, visit: http://disability.lacity.org/.
Canoga Park Senior Citizen Center
7326 Jordan Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 340-2633 Sepulveda Recreation Center
8801 Kester Ave.
Panorama City, CA 91402
North Hollywood Recreation Center
11430 Chandler Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Sylmar Recreation Center
13109 Borden Ave.
Sylmar, CA 91342
Sunland Senior Citizen Center
8640 Fenwick St.
Sunland, CA 91040
Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center
5060 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Preventing vehicular heat stroke fatalities:
High temperatures can cause vehicular heat stroke fatalities. It is imperative that adults never leave children (or pets) alone in cars. Individuals should be particularly mindful of this during periods of excessive heat. The Los Angeles Police Department has provided several tips for preventing vehicular heat stroke:
- Never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partly open or the engine and air conditioning are running.
- Look inside the vehicle, front and back, before walking away.
- Place a purse, briefcase or other necessary item in the back seat so you’ll see a child or pet left behind.
- Don’t let kids play in an unattended vehicle.
- Lock the car doors and trunk and keep the keys out of a child’s reach.
- Call 911 if you see a child or pet left inside a vehicle.
For more information on vehicular heat stroke deaths among children, visit KidsAndCars.org.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power:
No heat related outages have been reported at this time. Should power outages occur, residents that require power to run medical or other life saving equipment can contact DWP’s Customer Service Line at 1-800-DIALDWP (342-5397), or go to www.ladwp.com for more information about their Lifeline Services Program.
Other Tips to Beat the Heat:
During periods of extreme heat, there is an increased risk of heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunstroke. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself against extreme heat:
- Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Attempt to stay hydrated. Persons who have epilepsy; heart, kidney or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Avoid unnecessary sun exposure, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, when in the sun and use sunscreen.
- Check on family members, seniors, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers.
- Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
- Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.
To learn more preparedness tips, visit readyla.org, the City’s official readiness, response and recovery website.
Sign up to have emergency notifications sent to you whether at home or on the go at alert.lacounty.gov.
EMD Social Media and Information Sites:
EMD Information Helpline (800) 439-2909
About the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department
In 2000 the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor established, by ordinance, the Emergency Management Department (EMD). EMD is dedicated to leading the City in comprehensive emergency management planning, mitigation and preparation as well as response to and recovery from natural, manmade and accidental incidents of high consequence.
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