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Beat the Heat: Cooling Centers in the Bay Area

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    Beat the Heat: Cooling Centers in the Bay Area

    Scorching temperatures have prompted an excessive heat warning for the Bay Area Friday into Monday. Full heat wave coverage on our weather page.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 1, 2017)

    Scorching temperatures have prompted an excessive heat warning for the Bay Area Friday into Monday. Full heat wave coverage on our weather page.

    Here's a list of cooling centers around the Bay Area:

    • Benicia: Public Library, 150 E. L St.; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
    • Campbell: Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Room E-44; Thursday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday.
    • Cupertino: Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
    • East Palo Alto: City Hall Community Room, 2415 University Ave., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; For a list of nearby libraries also serving as cooling centers, visit San Mateo County Libraries' web page.
    • Livermore: Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Los Gatos: Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Ave., Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday (Labor Day).
    • Milpitas: Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Barbara Lee Senior Center, 40 N. Milpitas Blvd., Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Monday–Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Morgan Hill: Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave., Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open Labor Day holiday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Mountain View: Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CLOSED Monday (Labor Day)
    • Napa: Las Flores Community Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Senior Center, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., This Friday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • San Francisco: Recreation and Parks Department swimming pools will be open and free to the public Saturday: King Pool, 5701 3rd Street; Sava Pool, 19th Ave & Wawona Street; North Beach, 651 Lombard Avenue; Coffman Pool, 1701 Visitation Avenue; Hamilton Pool, Geary Avenue and Steiner Street; Garfield Pool, 26th Street and Harrison Street; Colling Centers: Main library, 100 Larkin Street; Mission Bay, 960 Fourth Street; North Beach, 850 Columbus Avenue; Portero Hill, 1616 20th Street; Chinatown, 1135 Powell Street; Glen Park, 2825 Diamond Street; The Salavation Army, 1156 Valencia Street; 260 Fourth Street; 1450 Powell Street; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street
    • San Mateo: Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas; King Community Center, 725 Monte Diablo, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; For a list of nearby libraries also serving as cooling centers, visit San Mateo County Libraries' web page.
    • San Jose: For a list of community center locations in the city of San Jose, visit the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services web page.​
    • Santa Clara: Central Park Library, 2635 Homesteads Road, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; City Hall Cafeteria, 1500 Warburton Ave., Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday; Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd., Monday - Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9 am to noon; closed Sunday; Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, Monday - Tuesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; closed Sunday; Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St., Monday - Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; Friday, 7 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am to noon; closed Sunday​; check website for updates.
    • Santa Clara County: County libraries located in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Campbell, Cupertino, and Milpitas; check website for hours and locations.
    • Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126
      Saratoga: Joan Pisani Community Center: 19655 Allendale Ave., Call for hours: (408) 868-1249; Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Call for hours: (408) 867-6126.

    Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

    • Drink plenty of liquids
    • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
    • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
    • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
    • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
    • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
    • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas
    • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Rest in shady areas

    Additional tips for people who work outdoors:

    • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
    • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
    • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
    • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
    • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.

    Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

    • During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
    • Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
    • Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.

    Infants and Children:

    • It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
    • Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
    • Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
    • Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.

    Pets:

    • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open.
    • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
    • Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
    • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation.

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