Due to the high temperatures forecast this week through Thursday, Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner has activated extended hours at six Cooling Centers throughout Long Beach, where people can stay cool in an air-conditioned facility.
The following six locations will remain open until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 8; Wednesday, September 9; and Thursday, September 10, 2015:
- Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Avenue
- Silverado Community Center, 1545 West 31st Street
- El Dorado West Community Center, 2800 Studebaker Road
- Cesar Chavez Community Center, 401 Golden Avenue
- McBride (Cal Rec) Community Center, 1550 Martin Luther King Avenue
- Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 East 4th Street
Community Centers at City Parks serve as air-conditioned Cooling Centers during their normal operating hours; a complete listing of these facilities and normal hours of operations can be found at http://bit.ly/LBCoolingCenters.
Many stores, malls, theaters and libraries offer air-conditioned environments. Long Beach Public Libraries are open from noon until 7:00 pm on Tuesdays (until 8:00 pm at the Main Library, 101 Pacific Avenue), until 6:00 pm on Wednesdays, and until 7:00 pm on Thursdays. Library locations and hours are available at www.lbpl.org.
During high temperatures, people should remember to:
- Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after outdoor activities;
- Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors;
- Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck if you’ll be outside;
- Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours – sunscreen prevents skin cancer;
- Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol;
- Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat;
- Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually;
- Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts;
- Check on frail, elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat;
- Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid;
- Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight;
- Take care of pets! Make sure they have plenty of shade and water to drink, walk dogs when the temperature is cooler, and make arrangements for pet care if you will be out of town (more summer safety tips for pets at www.longbeach.gov/acs); and
- Prevent children from drowning by providing adult supervision at all times and having an entry-proof barrier that surrounds the pool or spa;
For more information on how to stay healthy during hot weather, please visit the Health Department's website at www.longbeach.gov/health, and check for updates on social media - www.facebook.com/lbdhhs and www.twitter.com/longbeachdhhs.