When triple-digit temperatures register across Southern California and the County of Los Angeles Public issues a Heat Advisory for areas including the San Gabriel Valley it is important to remind residents of tips to stay cool and safe.
- Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. Do not try to do too much on a hot day.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature.
- Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
- Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Stay hydrated.
- Stay indoors as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun or go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned, library, theaters and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
- Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate perspiration, which cools your body.
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors.
If you believe you, or anyone you are with, is experiencing a heat-related medical emergency, promptly call 911, and if possible, move to a cooler place.
Air Conditioned City Facilities
If seniors and other residents do not have air conditioning in their homes, the City welcomes them to visit one of the following City facilities to stay cool.
Hart Park House Senior Center – 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. – Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-2:30pm
Sierra Madre City Hall – 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. – Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sierra Madre Public Library – 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. – Monday through Wednesday, 11am to 8 pm, Thursday & Friday, Noon to 6 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm