The Weather Service has forecast severe heat throughout the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys from today through Sunday, Aug. 28.
To provide relief from the heat for the elderly and others who face heat-related health difficulties and stress, cooling centers are open throughout the county, Supervisor and County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich announced.
One county cooling station in the Santa Clarita Valley is the SCV Senior Center at 22900 Market Street in Newhall. Hours to cool off at the Senior Center are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Department of Public Health recommends several ways to prevent heat-related problems:
– Never leave children, elderly people, or pets alone in a parked vehicle.
– Wear light, loose fitting clothing to stay cool.
– Drink water often. Avoid drinking alcohol.
– Check on those in your neighborhood who have limited mobility.
– Stay in an air-conditioned area (a mall, park, or library) during peak heat hours.
– Avoid unnecessary exposure.
– When in the sun, wear a hat with a wide brim.
– Don’t exercise vigorously outside during the hottest hours of the day.
Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst.
For a complete list of cooling centers and additional information on heat-related illnesses and prevention, visit the Public Health website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, or call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1.