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Heat Alert Prompts Local Cooling Centers To Open in Norwalk, Bellflower, Downey, La Mirada, Artesia, Lakewood, Hawaiian Gardens

Cooling-Centers-381x282 - CopyBy Brian Hews

With the heat getting ready to soar to possible record levels during the next few days, the Los Angeles County Office of Public Health has issued a Heat Alert, which will allow local cooling centers to be opened.

In the Southeast Los Angeles County Area, it was announced by Supervisor Don Knabe on Thursday that the following facilities will be serving as “Cooling Centers” beginning June 27 and continuing over the next few days.

The local locations include:

  • Artesia Library at 18722 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia
  • Bellflower Clifton Brakenslek Library, 9945 E. Flower Street, Bellflower
  • Downey Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center, 7810 Quill Drive, Downey
  • Downey Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey
  • Downey City Hall, 11121 Brookshire Avenue
  • Hawaiian Gardens Library, 11840 Carson Street
  • La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard
  • La Mirada Library, 13800 La Mirada Blvd.
  • Lakewood Angelo M. Iacoboni Library, 4990 Clark Avenue
  • Lakewood George Nye, Jr. Library, 6600 Del Amo Boulevard
  • Norwalk Alondra Library, 11949 Alondra Boulevard
  • Norwalk Library, 12350 Imperial Highway
  • Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive
A typical home air conditioning unit.

A typical home air conditioning unit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Los Angeles County Health Officials advise residents to take the following precautions, especially people sensitive to the heat: 

  • • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing  
  • • Drink water often; do not wait until you are thirsty 
  • • Offer assistance to shut-ins in your neighborhood; check on them frequently during hot weather. 
  • • If overheated, improve ventilation. Open a window, or use a fan or air conditioner. This promotes evaporation of sweat, which cools the skin. 
  • • During peak hours, stay in air-conditioned area. If you don’t have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool. 
  • • Avoid unnecessary exertion if you are outside or in non-air conditioned building. 
  • • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim. 
  • • If you take medication, ask your physician if you need to modify their use when you are exposed to high temperatures. 
  • • If you know seniors or people whose immune and respiratory systems are not working properly or live alone, check on them regularly to make sure they are staying cool. 
  • • An early sign of heat-related illnesses is diminished judgment. The use of the buddy system is important in all situations. Check on seniors frequently.
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