County launches 'Cool Zones' program to help seniors, people with disabilities fight summer heat

Posted: 7:07 AM, May 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-22 14:46:38Z

(KGTV) -- There is already some solace for seniors and disabled San Diegans seeking relief from the heat this summer. They're called "Cool Zones." 

The Cool Zones program , initiated by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, has established a network of more than 115 Cool Zone sites. Cool Zones are designated, air-conditioned buildings, identified by a Polar Bear Cool Zone logo.

To find the Cool Zones site nearest you, click here to search an interactive map. All you have to do is enter your address and a list of the closest sites will show up.  You can also see the full list here

For further assistance call 1-800-510-2020 and press 6 to reach the Cool Zone Helpline.
Low-income, homebound seniors and persons with disabilities can request a free electric fan if they are unable to travel to a Cool Zone site.

Tips to beat the heat 

  • 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
  • Drink more fluids than usual even if you do not feel thirsty
  • Avoid using the oven
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
  • Never leave children or pets inside vehicles at any time, even with the windows cracked.