Beat the Heat & Stay Cool During Extreme Heat

Jul. 02, 2024
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Written by Gilbert Zavala

Find a Cooling Center Near You

As temperatures soar, finding a place to stay cool is necessary for your health and well-being. Cooling centers provide a refuge from the heat, offering air conditioning and a safe environment. Whether you need a break from the sweltering summer sun or a place to hydrate, cooling centers across LA County are here to help.

What is a Cooling Center? A Cooling Center is a designated facility where individuals and families can seek relief from hot weather conditions. These centers are equipped with air conditioning and provide a comfortable space to cool down and stay hydrated during periods of extreme heat. They are free to use and open to the public.

To locate a nearby cooling center, click the button below or dial 2-1-1. 

Explore LA County's Map of Cooling Center Locations

211 LA has tips for you to stay cool this summer.

  • Drink Plenty of Water: Keep yourself and your pets hydrated. Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Find Air Conditioning: If your home lacks air conditioning, seek refuge in shopping malls or public libraries. Check for emergency cooling centers in your community
  • Insulate Your Home: Keep your house cooler by insulating it and using drapes or shades to cover windows. 
  • Protect Your Skin: Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to cool down and can lead to dehydration. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses outdoors, and apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher at least 30 minutes before going out.
  • Never Leave People or Pets in a Closed Vehicle: Cars can quickly become dangerously hot, even with open windows. Children and pets are especially vulnerable to heatstroke or worse when left in parked cars.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities: Limit outdoor activities to the coolest parts of the day, typically early mornings or evenings. Take frequent breaks in shady areas to allow your body to recover.
  • Recognize Heat-Related Illnesses: During extreme heat, it’s vital to recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses. If you experience any symptoms, seek help immediately.
  • Hydrate and Replenish: If experiencing heat-related symptoms, sip on a cool sports drink to replenish lost electrolytes and vitamins.

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