With sweltering heat waves hitting Southern California this summer, County of Riverside Community Action Partnership has coordinated Cool Centers to serve as drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, seniors, the disabled and others in need of temporary relief from the heat. For a list of Cooling Centers, visit capriverside.org and click on the Cooling Centers tab.
The City of Canyon Lake has opened its Cooling Center at the senior center on three occasions this summer and will continue to do so on an as-needed basis. The city utilizes the members of the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee as the cooling staff at the senior.
The city recently designated the Canyon Lake Library as an alternative Cooling Center where residents can get out of the heat and cool down. The library is located in the Canyon Lake City Hall building at 31516 Railroad Canyon Rd. and is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Here are some simple steps families can take to keep safe during the summer heat waves.
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Stay in air-conditioned space at home, or someplace cool like the mall, a library, senior center or Cool Center.
- Schedule outside activities before noon or in the evening. Avoid or minimize physical exertion.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat or use an umbrella for shade.
- Slow down and rest in the shade or a cool place every chance you get.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, use a fan. Make sure your windows are open.
- Do not eat heavy meals. Avoid cooking with oven.
- Take a cool shower or bath.
- Do not sit in a hot car, even for a short time. Never leave a person or animal alone in a vehicle during high temperatures.
- Check on friends and neighbors who are elderly or have medical conditions.
Older individuals are at higher risk for problems when it’s very hot. You are also at high risk if you:
- Have certain medical conditions.
- Take medicine for high blood pressure.
- Have mental health conditions.
- Have been drinking alcohol.
- Use IV drugs.
- Have had a previous heat-related illness.
- Saving energy costs at home
- Set thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. You save three to five percent on air conditioning cost for each degree you raise the thermostat.
- Replace filters often, even in the summer.
- Keep air conditioning duct vents clean and clear. Make sure furniture or drapes are not blocking air vents or keeping cool air from circulating freely.
- Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’S) CFLs use about one-fourth as much electricity and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Turn off the air and open windows for a cross breeze on cooler evenings.
- Keep lights off or turned down.
- Get home weatherized.