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Heat Safety Tips and Resources

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The South Pasadena Public Library and Senior Center serve as Cooling Centers when the temperature is forecast at 96 º or higher. The Senior Center is located at 1102 Oxley Street and the Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street. Both facilities offer cold water and air conditioning to the public. Facilities hours are as follows:

Senior Center:
Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm

Mondays and Fridays, 10 am – 6 pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 11 am - 9 pm
Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm and
Sundays, 1pm- 5 pm.

Should you have questions, contact the South Pasadena Senior Center at (626) 403-7360, or the South Pasadena Public Library at (626) 403-7330.

Stay Cool at Home

  • Check air conditioning. Make sure it is properly working and insulated. Installing weatherstripping on doors and window sills as part of your summer home maintenance will help keep cool air in and hot air out. 
  • Cover windows. Use drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers for any windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. This can reduce the heat entering your home by up to 80 percent. 
  • Use fans strategically. Ceiling fans should run counter-clockwise to force room air down and make you feel cooler. Water from a spray bottle can help cool you down dramatically—as it evaporates off your skin, your body sheds heat. 
  • Cook with small appliances. Slow cookers and tabletop grills are good options over traditional ovens and stovetops to minimize heat.

Eating, Drinking, and Scheduling Outdoor Activities 

  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Don't wait to re-hydrate until you're thirsty. Adults should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day and may need more on hot and humid days.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. These can lead to dehydration and increase the effects of heat illness.
  • Eat meals that are well-balanced and light. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat and can add to water loss.
  • Reschedule exercise. Avoid working out during the hottest part of the day. Check the weather forecast; if there's a heat advisory, you may want to move your workout indoors.

Beware of Heat Related Illnesses

  • Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion. Watch for breathing that is shallow and fast, headaches, dry mouth, pale or clammy skin, muscle cramps, tiredness, disorientation, sweating, passing out, nausea, and vomiting. Seek immediate medical attention.
  • Know the warning signs of heat stroke. Symptoms include dizziness, a high body temperature (above 103°F), red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating), unconsciousness, nausea, confusion, rapid, strong pulse, and throbbing headache. Seek immediate medical attention.
  • Be informed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information on heat-related illnesses and first aid.

Monitor Yourself and Others

  • Check regularly on high-risk people. Keep an eye out for infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, the mentally or physically ill, the overweight, and those who overexert during work or exercise. They are especially vulnerable in extreme heat.
  • Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car. They can succumb to heat exposure very quickly. Also be careful when entering a car in hot weather. Temperatures inside can reach 140°F to 190°F within 30 minutes on a hot, sunny day.
  • Animals need shade and water. Pets can dehydrate quickly, so make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water and a shady place to get out of the sun. Moderate their exercise and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.
  • Stay in cool areas. The best place to be is inside with air conditioning. If you don't have air conditioning at home, many public places, such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theatres, are air-conditioned.

Stay Informed

Below are some useful SCE resources that residents could find useful:

If residents have questions or concerns about an outage, more information or contact information are available in several different ways:

• Website:
• Call: 800-611-1911
• Twitter: @SCE
• Facebook:
• Mobile App: “My SCE”, available for iPhone and Android