Valley libraries designated 'cooling centers' to beat heat

Los Angeles city officials announced today air-conditioned libraries, senior centers and parks and recreation facilities in the San Fernando Valley will be available to provide relief from scorching temperatures this weekend.

In the San Fernando Valley, the following facilities can serve as "cooling centers'' from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday:

  • Canoga Park Senior Citizen Center, 7326 Jordan Ave.;

  • North Hollywood Senior Citizen Center, 11430 Chandler Blvd.;

  • Sepulveda Recreation Center/Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center, 8801 Kester Ave. in Panorama City;

  • Sunland Park Senior Citizen Center, 8640 Fenwick St.;

  • Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave.;

  • Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Senior Center; 5040 Van Nuys Blvd.; and

  • Wilkinson Senior Citizen Center, 8956 Vanalden Ave. in Northridge.

More information can be found by dialing 311 or (213) 228-7000. Library schedules and addresses are also listed on the website,

The Recreation and Parks Web site offers a link to senior center information:

During periods of excessive heat, there is an increased risk of heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunstroke, so people are advised to:

  • stay indoors as much as possible and limit sun exposure;

  • stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air-conditioning is not available;

  • consider spending the warmest part of the day in air-conditioned public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities;

  • drink plenty of water;

  • dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes;

  • never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles;

  • check on family, seniors, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spent much of their time alone; and

  • avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day, and take frequent breaks.
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