Surviving the HEAT – Tips from L.A. County’s emergency survival program

The Second District is hot this summer.  That’s why staying cool is important to your health.  A list of L. A. County Cooling Centers is available here.

If you are planning to visit one of these Cooling Centers, it is advisable that you call in advance to make sure there is still seating available.  If a Cooling Center is not operational, check the list for another Cooling Center nearest you or call “2-1-1”.  Check with your local library when looking for a place to cool down.  They have great resources and plenty to read while you escape the heat. For further information on Heat Waves, click here.

If you plan to be outdoors, please take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat.

  • Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors
  • Avoid hot, heavy meals that include proteins.
  • 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.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty.  Avoid alcohol.
  • Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.

Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.

Click here for a list of the locations and hours of operation for the Cooling Centers in Los Angeles County or dial 2-1-1.

For a listing of Los Angeles City Cooling Centers go to or dial “3-1-1.”