Saturday, September 19, 2020

Beat the Heat Coronado

City Invites Coronado Residents to 'Beat the Heat'

Library ImageThe City of Coronado invites the community, especially students, seniors and people with disabilities, to “Beat the Heat” at a nearby City facility. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 27.

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City facilities with air conditioning and places to sit and that are open to the public include the Coronado Public Library and the Community Center, which also has several pools. See list below.

  City FacilityHours/Address
Aquatics Center10 a.m. to 6 p.m./1845 Strand Way
Community Center6 a.m. to 9 p.m./1845 Strand Way
Golf Course8 a.m. to 8 p.m./2000 Visalia Way
Library10 a.m. to 9 p.m. M-Th; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fr-Sa; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday/640 Orange Ave.

 

Here are some tips to beat the heat, from San Diego County’s Health and Human Services:

  • Slow down. Be your most physically active during the coolest part of the day, usually between 4-7 a.m. Pace yourself when engaging in physical activity.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not being used, stay on the lowest floor. Keep shades down and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
  • Go to a Cool Zone site on hot days.
  • Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help sweat evaporate, which cools your body.
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
  • Avoid using the oven.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s heat.
  • Air out hot cars before getting into them.
  • Never leave children or pets inside vehicles at any time, even with the windows cracked. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach lethal levels no matter what the weather is like.
  • Drink more fluids than usual even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine; they make the heat’s effects on your body worse.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increases metabolic heat.
  • Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • If you take diuretics, ask your physician about a lower dosage during hot weather. If it is safe to do so, leave windows open at night. Open windows on two sides to create cross ventilation.
  • Place a piece of cardboard covered with aluminum foil in sunny windows to reflect sunlight and heat away from the house.
  • Vacuum, clean or replace air filters regularly for maximum cooling efficiency.
  • If affordable, install outdoor awnings or sunscreens.
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