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Keep Cool During the COVID-19 Safer at Home measures

April 23, 2020
by Lindsay B. Call

Keep Cool During the COVID-19 Safer at Home measures

With the temperatures rising, it can feel like summertime, and with Safer at Home measures still in place, staying indoors as the weather gets warmer can feel like a challenge.  

During extreme heat (two or three days of high heat with temperatures 90 degrees), the body has to work harder to maintain a normal temperature. Make sure you are prepared to ensure everyone stays healthy when temperatures soar. 

Emergency Cooling Center Hours:
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Thursday, May 7, 2020
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Ruben F. Salazar Park
3864 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles
Valleydale Park
5525 N. Lake Ellen Ave
Mary M. Bethune Park
1244 E 61st Street
Los Angeles
El Cariso Community Regional Park
13100 Hubbard St
South Whittier Library
11543 Colima Rd.
Loma Alta Park
3330 Lincoln Ave.
Jackie Robinson Park
8773 E Avemie R
Sun Village

Buena Vista Branch Library (City Facility)
300 N Buena Vista St

Tips to Keep Cool During the COVID-19 Safer at Home measures: 

✔️ Stay Hydrated 

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol. 
  • Do not share water bottles or canteens. 

✔️ 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 

  • In all heat events, it’s best to avoid strenuous activity during the warmest parts of the day, which is generally 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You are safest at home, but if you are outside, take frequent breaks, find shade, wear light clothing and a hat, and use sunscreen.  
  • Remove face covering if you experience trouble breathing. Increase and maintain physical distancing and/or notify 9-1-1 if trouble breathing may be shortness of breath 
  • Keep busy and productive at home. Read up on tips from LA County or explore Santa Monica Public Library’s digital services to access ebooks, streaming videos, and digital magazines. 

✔️ Stay Informed on Temporary Closures to Outdoor and Public Facilities  

  • Beaches, beach bike paths, the Pier, Palisades Park, public trails and beach access points, including Ocean Front Walk, are temporarily closed through May 15, 2020. Read the Press Release. Watch the LA County Video. 
  • Public pools at the Annenberg Community Beach House and the Santa Monica Swim Center, as well as splash pads, remain closed through May 15, 2020. View all facility closures. 
  • All parks other than Palisades Park remain open but the public must adhere to COVID-19 safety measures when outside their home 
  • Physical distancing, keeping 6 ft. of distance between yourself/your household and all other members of the public is required when in our public parks.  
  • All persons in public must also continue to wear a cloth face covering when in public and in contact with others.   
  • Sign up for SaMoNews (emailed updates from the City), and/or SMAlerts (critical emergency information). 

✔️ 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. 
  • With temperatures starting to climb, consider readying your household for the summer by purchasing a window air conditioner and insulation. 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. 

✔️ Know the Facts  

  • Know the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or a loved one is experiencing signs and symptoms of heat stroke.  
  • Children, older adults, pets, and athletes— are more vulnerable to extreme heat. Monitor family members and connect virtually with friends, family and neighbors.
  • Call and check on loved ones and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning. Check if they are experiencing any signs of heat-related illness and provide recommended guidance. 

Be Prepared and Learn More: 

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