Stay Cool in the Heat This Weekend

UPDATE 9/16/2014: Additional cooling center information can be found at

UPDATE 9/15/2014: The Los Angeles County Health Officer has extended the Heat Alert through Wednesday, September 17th, for the San Fernando Valley and downtown Los Angeles. 
Library facilities will be operating during their normal posted hours today and tomorrow. The general public should visit call (213) 228-7000 for specific hours of operation.  

The following Recreation and Parks facilities will be operating with extended hours Monday and Tuesday, September 15th-16th: 

Lanark Recreation Center

21816 Lanark St.
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 883-1503
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center

11075 Foothill Blvd.
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
(818) 899-8087
Noon to 9:00 p.m.

North Hollywood Recreation Center

11430 Chandler Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 763-7651
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sepulveda Recreation Center

8801 Kester Ave.
Panorama City, CA 91402
(818) 893-3700
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center

5060 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 981-1284
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunland Park Senior Center

8640 Fenwick St.
Sunland, CA 91040
(818) 353-9571
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This weekend's heat wave which is expected to send temperatures in to the triple digits throughout the Southland will hit our San Fernando Valley communities especially hard. Seniors can be at higher risk so it’s important to keep safety in mind on note days. I urge all residents to take measures to stay safe and cool.

LADWP has prepared for the high temperatures by scheduling additional crews to respond, should any power outages occur. In the event of a power outage, customers are urged to report the outage immediately by calling 1-800- DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397) so that a crew can be dispatched to make repairs. When calling 1-800-DIAL-DWP, customers should choose “Report Power Outage” in the automated phone system in order to be connected right away to a live operator. 

To help reduce your energy use, LADWP recommends these tips:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees to reduce energy usage during the hottest hours of the day, 11:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., when air conditioning systems have to work hardest to cool.
  • Visit your local library, mall, movie theater or other air conditioned gathering places and give your air conditioner a rest by adjusting the thermostat to 78 degrees.
  • Limit use of major appliances during peak hours of the day- use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other heavy appliances during evening hours, after 6:00 p.m.
  • Close draperies, shades or blinds during the heat of the day to reduce the extra heat from direct sunlight through windows.
  • Ventilate your home in the early morning and evening by opening windows and doors to clear out the heat and allow cooler air to circulate.
  • Turn off lights and other electrical equipment when they are not in use.
  • Unplug "energy vampires" like cell phone chargers, DVD players, microwave ovens and other appliances that use energy even when they are not in use.
More helpful tips on how to beat the heat after the jump.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Attempt to stay hydrated. Persons who are on fluid-restricted diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing fluid intake.
  • Check on family members, seniors, friends and neighbors and people with disabilities and other access and functional needs who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • During excessive heat, older adults and seniors are encouraged to use their air conditioning or open windows or use fans to remain cool. They can also seek refuge from the heat at the many City Senior Citizen Centers or Libraries.
  • Never leave children in closed vehicles. It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620). Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink. Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible. Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.
  • 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 unnecessary sun exposure, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, when in the sun and use sunscreen.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.
  • Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.

Pet Safety in Extreme Heat

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows ‘cracked’ or open. 
  • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water. 
  • Do not leave pets outside in the sun. 
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.
  • If your pet spends time in the yard, make sure he or she has access to shade. Shaded trees, a covered patio or a cool spot under the porch can help keep your pet comfortable.

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