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

Posted at 7:07 AM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 10:46:38-04

(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.