LANCASTER – A triple-digit heat wave across the Antelope Valley is expected this week, according to the National Weather Service.
To provide relief from the heat for the elderly and others who face heat-related health difficulties and stress, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has opened cooling centers throughout Los Angeles County.
Times and locations for Cooling Centers in the Antelope Valley are as follows:
Cool Center @ MOAH
Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH)
Hernando & Fran Marroquin Family Classroom
Mon –Fri, 10 am –5 pm
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Antelope Valley Senior Ctr.
777 W. Jackman Street, Lancaster
Mon –Fri, 8 am –5 pm
Palmdale City Library
700 East Palmdale Blvd.
Mon-Wed 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm
Jackie Robinson Park
8773 East Avenue R
Mon -Fri Sat 9 am – 9 pm, Sat 8 am – 5 pm
If you are planning to visit one of these Cooling Centers, it is advisable that you call in advance to make sure there is still seating available. You can also find the Cooling Center nearest you by calling “211”. For a complete list of the 55 cooling stations in Los Angeles County, visit antonovich.com/heat-alert-los-angeles-county-opens-cooling-centers/.
Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. The Department of Public Health recommends several ways to manage the heat:
- Never leave children, elderly people, or pets alone in a parked vehicle.
- Wear light, loose fitting clothing to stay cool
- Drink water often. Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Check on those in your neighborhood who have limited mobility.
- Stay in an air-conditioned area during peak heat hours such as a mall, park, or library.
- Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.
- Don’t exercise vigorously outside during the hottest hours of the day.
(Information via press release from Los Angele County Fifth District Supervisor Michael Antonovich.)
UPDATED 7/11/12: An earlier version of this article listed Desert Sands Park as one of the Cooling Centers offered in the City of Palmdale. There is no cooling center at Desert Sands this year. The Palmdale City Library is the only city facility offered as a Cooling Center this year.