Extreme Heat | En Español

We benefit from beautiful weather in Los Angeles County – most of the time! But when temperatures rise, the heat can be unpleasant and at times dangerous. Use the information below to find resources to get relief from the heat and Stay Safe during times of extreme heat.

Looking to Beat the Heat?

A great way to get out of the heat is to visit free publicly accessible County facilities during normal business hours. Find the Library, Park, Community or Senior Center closest to you using the following links or by dialing 2-1-1 for a referral. Other ways to get out of the heat might include visiting indoor businesses such grocery stores, movie theaters, shopping malls, bowling alleys, etc. during peak hours.

Click here for a list of County Libraries and hours of operation.

Click here for a list of Community & Senior Centers and hours of operation

Click here for a list of County Parks and hours of operation

During Periods of Extreme Heat

At times excessive heat results in the need for extended hours and additional centers.  When this occurs, the County will extend hours or open additional centers in select locations.  Locations and hours for additional sites will be posted when available.

Other Resources

For resources available in the City of Los Angeles, visit Emergency.LaCity.org or Call the Library Information Office at (213) 228-7555.

For resources in Los Angeles County cities, please call or visit your local website. Click here for a list of City websites.

Summer Heat Safety Tips

Watch the following video to get summer heat related safety tips, brought to you by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Staying Safe: Before Extreme Heat

Prepare for extreme heat by doing the following:

  • Check your local weather forecast regularly by visiting the National Weather Service. Also, make it a habit to watch news reports so that you’re aware when there will be hot weather conditions.
  • Find places in your community where you can go get cool. View the interactive map above to find the Cooling Center nearest to you.
  • Keep your home cool by covering windows with drapes/shades, add insulation to keep the heat out, use attic fans to clear hot air, and install window air conditioners and insulate around them.
  • Power outages may occur when there is extreme heat. Click on this link to review safety tips for power outages.

Staying Safe: During Extreme Heat

Avoid the sun – stay indoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.

Drink plenty of fluids – drink 2 to 4 glasses of water every hour during times of extreme heat.

Replace salt and minerals – sweating removes salt and minerals from your body, so replenish these nutrients with low sugar fruit juices or sports drinks during exercise or when working outside.

Avoid alcohol – alcohol can cause dehydration. Drinking alcohol within 24 hours of working in the heat can increase the risk of heat illness.

Pace yourself – reduce physical activity and avoid exercising outdoors during peak heat hours.

 

Wear appropriate clothing – wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors.

Stay cool indoors – set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility.

Monitor those at high risk – check on elderly neighbors and family and friends who do not have air conditioning. Infants and children up to 4 years old, people who overexert during work or exercise (e.g. construction workers) and people 65 years and older are at the highest risk of heat-related illnesses.

Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.

Keep pets indoors – heat also affects your pets, keep them indoors or if they will be outside, make sure they have plenty of water and a shaded area to help them keep cool.

Quick Tip: Keeping Your Pets Safe during Extreme Heat

Never leave a pet alone in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open. Pets should also not be left in a garage, since garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation. Click here to download pet safety tips during extreme heat, brought to you by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.

Los Angeles County residents and business owners, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs may call 211 LA County to find their local Los Angeles County Cooling Center, for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed online by visiting www.211la.org.