February 21, 2024
A person images a winter sundown at Sundown Cliffs. Picture by Chris Stone

With summer season at hand, San Diego County Thursday opened its annual Cool Zones program, giving folks free, secure, air-conditioned sanctuaries to flee excessive warmth.

This system will run by way of Oct. 31. Websites embody the county’s 33 library branches, group facilities and different areas throughout the county. A whole listing may be discovered at sandiegocounty.gov/content material/dam/sdc/hhsa/packages/ais/paperwork/Coolpercent20Zonespercent20S itespercent20Websitepercent20Update.pdf.

Individuals may name 211 to discover a location, or, if they can’t get to a Cool Zone, ask for assist with free transportation.

The county created this system 20 years in the past to provide older adults, folks with disabilities and people with well being considerations that may very well be difficult by excessive warmth a secure place throughout the hottest days of the yr.

“Excessive warmth may be particularly harmful for older adults and youngsters, and everyone seems to be really useful to shelter in cool areas when the temperatures get too scorching,” a county assertion stated. “Working or exercising outdoors on a scorching day or staying in a scorching house too lengthy may cause heat-related sicknesses, from cramps, to exhaustion and heatstroke — a situation when the physique can now not management its temperature.”

Indicators of heatstroke or exhaustion embody having a particularly excessive physique temperature — 103 levels or larger — dizziness, nausea, confusion and headache. Anybody struggling these signs ought to name 911 and be cooled off instantly.

Moreover, the county, working with San Diego Gasoline & Electrical, will present free electrical followers to older or disabled San Diegans residing on restricted incomes.

To be eligible for the fan program, county residents should be 60 years previous or older, or disabled, residing on restricted revenue, should not have entry to an air-conditioned house at their residence or condo constructing and unable to journey to a Cool Zone website.

To be taught extra in regards to the fan program or to request a fan, name 211 or go to www.coolzones.org to finish a fan eligibility survey.

–Metropolis Information Service