HB Fire Offers Tips & Cooling Centers to Beat the Heat

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning (extending through 8:00 p.m. Monday) for most of Southern California, including Orange County coastal areas. According to the CDC, more than 600 people are killed by extreme heat each year. With extremely hot weather predicted throughout the week, cooling centers have been setup at various locations throughout the weekend.

If you need a place to cool off, the City of Huntington Beach offers Cooling Centers where you can beat the heat. Please see below for Huntington Beach Cooling Center locations and operating hours:

Central Library (7111 Talbert Ave)

· Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm

· Friday: 9am – 5pm

· Saturday: 9am – 5pm

· Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

· Monday (9/5): 12pm – 6pm

Edison Community Center (21377 Magnolia St) and Murdy Community Center (7000 Norma Dr)

· Wednesday 8/31: 9am – 9pm

· Thursday 9/1: 9am – 9pm

· Friday 9/2: 9am – 8pm

· Saturday 9/3: 9am – 1pm

· Sunday 9/4: Closed

· Monday 9/5: Edison closed, Murdy open 12pm – 6pm

· Tuesday 9/6: 9am – 9pm

· Wednesday 9/7: 9am – 9pm

· Thursday 9/8: 9am – 9pm

Please call 211 for additional information on county-wide Cooling Center locations and hours of operation. For more information about staying safe in the heat, please visit the ReadyOC website.

Additionally, the Huntington Beach Fire Department recommends these simple tips to help you stay safe and healthy in the heat:

· PLAN YOUR DAY. Avoid the sun if you can, staying indoors from 10am to 3pm when the rays are strongest. Try to plan outdoor activities early in the morning or later in the evening.

· DRINK WATER. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

· STAY IN THE SHADE. Stay in the shade wherever you can and wear wide-brimmed hats as well as sunscreen.

· CHECK ON OTHERS. Check in regularly on those who are at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses. This can include seniors, children, pregnant women, and those with medical conditions.

· WEAR SUMMER CLOTHES. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to help you stay cool.

· BEWARE OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS. Symptoms of heat-related illness can include dizziness, fatigue, fainting, headaches, and muscle cramps. If you experience these symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention.

· DON’T FORGET YOUR PETS. Animals are at risk of heat-related illness too, so make sure to provide them plenty of water and shade when outdoors. Consider wetting your animal down when the temperatures soar.

· NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN A CAR. Temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket to deadly levels.

· STAY COOL. Stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment, when possible.

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