Heat prompts city to open cooling centers

DOWNEY - In response to the sweltering summer temperatures, Downey has opened cooling stations throughout the city to ensure residents have a safe place to stay cool.Residents, especially senior citizens, are urged to visit a cooling station if the heat becomes unbearable at home. The cooling stations include the library, open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center, open Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the Columbia Memorial Space Center's community room, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. City officials also urged residents to take the following precautions during the hot weather: *Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible, especially during peak hours *Avoid unnecessary sun exposure *Drink plenty of water *Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible *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. *Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. *Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade and be careful not to over-exercise them. Keep them indoors when it is extremely hot. If faced with a life threatening condition, go to the nearest hospital or call 911.

********** Published: August 09, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 17