Cooling Tips to Survive Summer Heat
Don’t wait to call your doctor or 9-1-1 if you experience any of these WARNING SIGNS of heat related conditions, such as heat exhaustion or a heat stroke :
Headache Nausea/Vomiting Dim/Blurred Vision Profuse Sweating Exhaustion Dizziness Hot Dry Skin Cold Damp Skin Muscle Cramps Fainting
Heat Strokes can be life – threatening and can come on quickly
TIPS TO PREVENT heat related symptoms, particularly during power outages
Drink water: Sip all day; don’t wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages, sugary soft drinks and full-strength fruit juices.
Limit physical activity and wear a hat outside, preferably with a wide brim.
Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows should be slightly open.
Open windows to cooling breezes in the evening
Keep electric items turned off, lights low and avoid using your oven or clothes dryer.
Do not just rely on fans; if the temperature is 90 degrees or above, fans alone usually cannot protect against heat-related illness.
Take baths, showers, or find a pool to swim in; bathe in tepid water, use cool towels.
Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing that is light-colored and lightweight.
Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher when outside
Eat light foods high in water content: fruits, salads, and soups.
Don’t wait in or leave infants, pets, elderly or disabled persons unattended in cars or other vehicles for any length of time, even with windows cracked. Within minutes the temperature will become dangerously high and serious injury and/or death will result.
Bring pets indoors or ensure they have shady spots to protect them all day.
Make sure pets have plenty of fresh water that will stay cool all day
Develop a “buddy” system; keep in contact with your family & friends at least twice a day
Talk to your doctor about medications; you may need to alter medications or dosages, but under no circumstances should you change your medication on your own.
Use air conditioning & be prepared for power outages – if you don’t have an a/c unit at home or the power is out, go to any air-conditioned building
Places for Seniors and People with Disabilities to COOL OFF
Please consider going to one of the following locations during a power outage on a hot day:
shopping mall, library*,
movie theater, restaurant, o
r senior center.
Please call first for hours of operation
Ambrose Community Center 3105 Willow Pass Road Bay Point 925-458-1601
Antioch Senior Center 415 West 2nd Street Antioch 925-778-1158
Brentwood Community Center 35 Oak Street (In City Park) Brentwood 925-516-5400
Brentwood Senior Center 193 Griffith Lane Brentwood 925-516-5444
Concord Senior Center 2727 Parkside Circle Concord 925-671-3320
Danville Community Center 420 Front Street Danville 925-314-3400
Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect Avenue Danville 925-314-3490
Hercules Senior Center 111 Civic Drive Hercules 510-799-8219
Martinez Senior Center 818 Green Street Martinez 925-370-8770
Oakley Senior Center 215 Second Street Oakley 925-626-7223
Pinole Senior Center 2500 Charles Ave. Pinole 510-724-9800
Pittsburg Senior Center 300 Presidio Lane Pittsburg 925-252-4890
Pleasant Hill Senior Center 233 Gregory Lane Pleasant Hill 925-798-8788
Richmond Senior Center 2525 MacDonald Richmond 510-307-8087
Alcosta Senior and
9300 Alcosta Blvd. San Ramon 925-973-3250
Walnut Creek Senior Club 1375 Civic Drive Walnut Creek 925-943-5851
For further information, please call our Information & Assistance Program at
1-800-510-2020 (from within Contra Costa County using a land line) or
925-229-8434 (when using a cell phone or from outside Contra Costa County)