City of Lancaster’s Downtown Cooling Center Open from Saturday, August 26 – Tuesday, August 29
Lancaster Residents Encouraged to Take Proper Precautions During Heatwave
In response to the upcoming heatwave, the City of Lancaster’s downtown Cooling Center, located at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), will be open Saturday, August 26 through Tuesday, August 29. The City encourages residents to always take proper precautions in order to remain healthy during intense heat events.
Located at 665 W Lancaster Blvd in MOAH’s first floor Hernando and Fran Marroquin room, the Cooling Center is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Cooling Center features a variety of board games and amusements for visitors to enjoy.
Cooling Centers assist those who do not have air conditioning or are looking to reduce their summer cooling bills, providing them with a place to cool down while enjoying a relaxing social atmosphere. Residents are also reminded to take advantage of other facilities with air conditioning, including: theaters, shopping centers, large stores, bowling alleys, churches, and restaurants.
Another air conditioned option open to the public is the Lancaster Public Library. Offering various resources and events to keep residents cool and entertained, the library, located at 601 West Lancaster Blvd., is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
While the elderly and small children are most susceptible to heat, it is important for everyone to protect themselves from the sun and heat. With temperatures often in the triple digits, Antelope Valley residents are urged to put into practice these helpful recommendations:
- Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Stay in air conditioned locations during peak heat hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol, sweetened drinks, and caffeine.
- If no air conditioning is available, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility (do not rely on fans and open windows as the primary method of staying cool).
- Check on your elderly neighbors, as well as family and friends who may not have air conditioning.
- Never leave a child or infant unattended in a vehicle. This is not only very dangerous; it is also illegal.
- Make sure to provide children and infants with plenty to drink, as they can become dehydrated very quickly.
- Outdoor workers and athletes are encouraged to take frequent rests.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and light-colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when outdoors.
- Reduce your physical activity.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15.
- Don’t forget about your pets; they need plenty of water and shade.
- And, never leave a pet in a parked vehicle – even with the windows down.
More information about recognizing and preventing heat-related illnesses can be found at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.