With this week's heat, safety officials remind residents to take advantage of a cool zone, free, air conditioned public gathering places. The city’s cool zones help residents, especially those most vulnerable to heat related ailments, to keep cool and save energy costs. On hot days go to an official Cool Zone site which offers air-conditioned spaces with comfortable seating.
Carlsbad Official Cool Zone Sites
Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. 760-602-4650
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place 760-931-4500
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane 760-602-2049
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Follow these other tips for dealing with the heat:
Slow down. Be your most physically active during the coolest part of the day, usually between 4-7 a.m. Pace yourself when engaging in physical activity.
Call your physician if you feel you may be experiencing a heat-related illness.
Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not being used, stay on the lowest floor. Keep shades down and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help sweat evaporate, which cools your body.
Avoid using the oven.
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's heat.
Air out hot cars before getting into them.
Never leave children or pets inside vehicles at any time, even with the windows cracked. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach lethal levels no matter what the weather is like.
Drink more fluids than usual even if you do not feel thirsty.
Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine; they make the heat's effects on your body worse.
Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increases metabolic heat.
Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
If you take diuretics, ask your physician about a lower dosage during hot weather.
If it is safe to do so, leave windows open at night. Open windows on two sides to create cross ventilation.
Vacuum, clean or replace air filters regularly for maximum cooling efficiency.
If affordable, install outdoor awnings or sunscreens.