How to Beat the Summer Heat in Santa Monica
July 2, 2019 8:32 AM
by Lindsay B. Call
With the end of June Gloom, it’s time for Santa Monicans to start preparing for summer sunshine and rising temperatures. Extreme heat (two or three days of high heat with temperatures 90 degrees) may occur—during these events, the body has to work harder to maintain normal temperature. Make sure you are prepared and work with your neighbors to ensure everyone stays healthy when temperatures soar.
Tips to Keep Cool During Santa Monica’s Summer Months:
✔️ Stay Hydrated
- Drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.
✔️ Never Leave Children, Pets or Adults Alone in Closed Vehicles
- The temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.
✔️ Stay Indoors as Much as Possible and Limit Exposure to the Sun
- Avoid strenuous activity during the warmest parts of the day, which is generally 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are outside, take frequent breaks, find shade, wear light clothing and a hat, and use sunscreen.
- Big Blue Bus service is also another great option to avoid the heat and exposure to the sun. All buses are equipped with air conditioning. And, a single-ride fare is only $0.50 for seniors or persons with disabilities. All Santa Monica libraries are easily accessible on Big Blue Bus, for trip planning assistance, please visit www.bigbluebus.com or call 310-451-5444.
✔️ Take Steps to Prepare Your Home if You Don't Have Air Conditioning
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, or awnings. Consider making temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to place between windows and drapes.
- Consider purchasing a window air conditioner and insulation before a heatwave starts. Use attic fans to remove your home’s heat. If temperatures are above 95 degrees outside, do not use electric fans as they could increase the risk of heat-related illness.
- Taking a cool bath and staying hydrated can help you stay cool when temperatures increase indoors.
✔️ Check on Family, Friends, and Neighbors
- Know the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps.
- Check on children, older adults, pets, and athletes—who are more vulnerable to extreme heat—to ensure they don’t exhibit signs of heat-related illness.
- Be ready to help a loved one or neighbor who doesn't have air conditioning and may need help during an extreme heat event. If your home has air conditioning, invite them over during the hottest parts of the day.
✔️ Find Places in the Community to Stay Cool
- Santa Monica’s five public libraries are great for catching up on reading while escaping soaring temperatures. Or cool off at one of the city's many splash pads (at the Annenberg Community Beach House, Virginia Avenue Park and Tongva Park) or swimming pools!
If you are a senior or are disabled and require transportation assistance to reach a Santa Monica library or other air-conditioned location during a heat event, consider registering in advance for the Santa Monica MODE Program. Big Blue Bus and WISE and Healthy Aging have partnered with Lyft to provide curb-to-curb transportation within the Santa Monica city limits. Register for MODE before the next heatwave by calling 310-394-9871. Learn more at www.bigbluebus.com/mode.
If you are an existing Santa Monica MODE Program member and require transportation assistance to reach a Santa Monica library or other air-conditioned location during a heat event, hail your Lyft ride or make an advanced reservation on the wheelchair-accessible vehicle during program hours. If you have any questions, visit www.bigbluebus.com/mode or reach the MODE Call Center at 310-458-MODE (6633).