Preparing for extreme heat this season

As the summer months set in, the Bay Area is heating up. Extremely hot weather makes for fun in the sun, but also can affect the health and safety of residents and their pets. The County of Santa Clara asks the community to take measures to stay safe and lend a helping hand to family, friends, and neighbors.

If you or someone you know are in need of a place to cool down, various cities have set up cooling centers:

Mountain View Community Center

  • 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 through Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Senior Center

  • 1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Camden Community Center

  • 3369 Union Ave., San Jose, CA 95124
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Find your local cooling center on the Office of Emergency Management website.

Santa Clara County Public Health recommends various tips for a safe and cool summer:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid beverages that speed up fluid loss, like alcohol and caffeine.
  • Limit physical activity ideally during the hottest time of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don’t bundle infants in blankets or heavy clothing.

Read the rest of the department of public health’s recommendations here.

The safety of our pets is also compromised when hot weather hits.

Experts at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) shared a few simple precautions to keep your furry friend out of danger this season:

  • Visit the vet for an early-summer checkup.
  • Keep your pet off hot asphalt, exercise during peak-heat hours should be minimized.
  • Never leave anyone or pets in closed, parked cars.
  • Don’t leave pets unsupervised around pools.

Learn more tips and tricks from ASPCA here.