TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST HOT TEMPS SEPT. 4, 2013 & FOR NEXT FEW DAYS
PASADENA, Calif.--It's HOT out there Pasadena! The City wishes to remind everyone to take precautions against the heat.
Lack of rain this year means area vegetation and brush is extremely dry. Pasadena Fire Officials urge extra care when using landscaping equipment. Remember to discard cigarettes properly; use extra caution with barbecues; be aware that sparks from landscaping equipment or vehicles can ignite brush fires; and be vigilant around swimming pools. Check the City’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net for updates on changing conditions.
Pasadena residents and businesses with any power emergencies should call Pasadena Water and Power Department at (626) 744-4673. For water-related emergencies, call (626) 744-4138. Customers can visit http://cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/CAISO_Outages/ for “Flex Alerts.”
Pasadena Officials also offer the following reminders and precautions:
- Weather updates can be found online at www.weather.gov/losangeles.
- If possible, stay indoors in an air conditioned environment, especially the young and the elderly. If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going to an enclosed shopping mall, a public library or a designated cooling center.
- Remember to check on your neighbors, family and friends—especially the elderly—to make sure they are OK. Take them extra water or a cool beverage.
- Never leave anyone unattended in closed vehicles, including pets! For more pet care tips visit www.pasadenahumane.org
- Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to stay.
- Keep air conditioners set to about 78 degrees.
- Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat. Use energy efficient fans as alternative.
- Use major appliances in early morning or after 7:00 p.m., when energy demand is lower.
- Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use.
- Set refrigerator to 37 degrees, clean coils regularly & unplug unused secondary fridges.
If your work or recreation plans mean you must be outdoors, please consider the following:
- Air quality can easily degrade during hot weather. If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, minimize outdoor activity to reduce heat-related illness.
- Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.
- Wear light and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
- Avoid, reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise, whether outside or in a non-air conditioned building, especially during peak heat hours from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen!
In Pasadena, the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., is the only pre-designated Cooling Center. The Senior Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday. Visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov to find other designated cooling centers throughout Los Angeles County.
PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY
While not official Cooling Centers, the Pasadena Public Library and other local public libraries offer an enjoyable, air-conditioned respite from the heat and are, of course, a great place to catch up on your reading too! Library locations and hours are:
Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, (626) 744-4066. Open 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday.
Branch hours are as follows:
- Allendale Branch, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., (626) 744-7260, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Hill Avenue Branch, 55 S. Hill Ave., (626) 744-7264, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Lamanda Park Branch, 140 S. Altadena Dr., (626) 744-7266, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.; Friday, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Linda Vista Branch, 1281 Bryant St., (626) 744-7278, Monsday-Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- San Rafael Branch, 1240 Nithsdale Road, (626) 744-7270, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Santa Catalina Branch, 999 E. Washington Blvd., (626) 744-7272, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Friday2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- La Pintoresca Branch, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., (626) 744-7268, Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m
- Villa-Parke Branch, 363 E. Villa St., (626) 744-6510, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
PASADENA RECREATION CENTERS
Pasadena’s Recreation Centers also provide air conditioned environments at:
- Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
- Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.
- Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St., Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.
- Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.
A trip to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, 300 E. Green St., is also a good way to beat the heat. Call (626) 578-0800 or visit www.skatepasadena.com for more info. For more information about the City of Pasadena, go online to www.cityofpasadena.net and follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov.