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Cool zones open throughout San Diego County as weather heats up

Gallery: Where to cool down on hot days in San Diego
Posted at 1:49 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 19:01:15-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Cool zones are open around San Diego County as the weather heats up.

The cool zones, spread out throughout the county, provide designated air-conditioned facilities that provide a place to beat the heat.

According to county officials, the cool zones provide a place where seniors and others can congregate to protect their health and reduce individual energy costs.

The program has been in operation since 2001. The County Health and Human Services Agency Aging and Independence Services partners with San Diego Gas and Electric to provide the service.

Click here for a complete list of county cool zones and their hours of operation.

Check out the list below for tips on beating the heat:

  • Slow down. Be your most physically active during the coolest part of the day, usually between 4-7 a.m. Pace yourself when engaging in physical activity.
  • 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.
  • Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help sweat evaporate, which cools your body.
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
  • Avoid using the oven.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's heat.
  • Air out hot cars before getting into them.
  • Never leave children or pets inside vehicles at any time, even with the windows cracked. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach lethal levels no matter what the weather is like.
  • Drink more fluids than usual even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine; they make the heat's effects on your body worse.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increases metabolic heat.
  • Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • If you take diuretics, ask your physician about a lower dosage during hot weather.
  • If it is safe to do so, leave windows open at night. Open windows on two sides to create cross ventilation.
  • Place a piece of cardboard covered with aluminum foil in sunny windows to reflect sunlight and heat away from the house.
  • Vacuum, clean or replace air filters regularly for maximum cooling efficiency.
  • If affordable, install outdoor awnings or sunscreens.
  • Call your physician if you feel you may be experiencing a heat-related illness.