Health officials advise staying indoors in air conditioned buildings to avoid harm during extreme heat. The City of Santa Clarita Public Libraries are considered Cooling Centers and can provide refuge for residents.
Three cooling centers supported by the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles are open in the area for use by the public:
- Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall (hours 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F)
- Valencia Library, 23743 West Valencia Blvd., Valencia (hours 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday)
- JoAnne Darcy Canyon Country Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country (hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday)
The Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Program has issued a list of safety precautions for those who must go outside:
- Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are the strongest.
- Reduce physical activity
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when outdoors
- Avoid hot, heavy meals that include proteins
- Set your air conditioner between 75 and 80 degrees. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility
- Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
- Don’t forget about pets, they need plenty of water and shade.
- Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.
For more information about summer safety tips, visit Los Angeles County’s