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Posted on: June 20, 2022

Cooling Center Open in Elk Grove

Cooling Center Open

In response to excessive heat temperatures forecasted this week, the City of Elk Grove and Cosumnes Community Services District will open a cooling center June 21-27 for residents who may lack shelter or adequate home cooling systems.

The cooling center will be located at the Wackford Community Center at 9014 Bruceville Road. Hours of operation will be 12 noon to 8 p.m. The space will offer seating, water, and air-conditioning.

Visitors to the cooling center will be required to wear face coverings. Masks will be provided to those who need them. The facility cannot accommodate pets.

To protect yourself and your loved ones against heat related illness, consider the following safety tips:

  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Stay in the shade, wear protective clothing, and use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) and ultraviolet type A (UVA) rating.
  • Conserve electricity other than that being used for cooling equipment.
  • If your home does not have air conditioning, visit a cooling center or a public building with air conditioning each day for several hours.
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
  • When outdoors, wear a broad-brimmed hat and loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing that will cover as much skin as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies.
  • Avoid extremely cold drinks, which can cause cramping.
  • Avoid drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine.
  • If you are taking water pills or you limit the amount of fluid you drink on your doctor’s orders, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.
  • If you take medications, check with your doctor to see if you need to take extra precautions in extreme heat.
  • If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors.
  • Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat.
  • Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Never leave children, elderly or functional needs adults, or pets alone in closed vehicles.

For the latest updates on conditions from the National Weather Service and safety tips to protect against heat related illness, visit sacramentoready.org.

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