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City Opens Cooling Center As Heat Bakes Pasadena

Published on Saturday, August 15, 2020 | 8:06 am

As a heatwave continues to bake Pasadena, city spokesperson Lisa Derderian said a cooling center will be open from noon until 6 p.m. for the next few days as a health precaution.

The center is designed to provide relief for vulnerable populations such as the elderly. The city will re-evaluate the need for the center to remain open after several days.

“We will follow COVID protocol” at the center, which is located at Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Derderian said.

“Please bring your own face coverings/masks and snack items,” Derderian said.

Derderian said proper social distancing and the wearing of masks will be observed. Water will be available for proper hydration, she said.

The National Weather Service has urged residents to “drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.”

Also, “take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.”

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