City of Tracy Encourages Public to Visit Designated Cooling Centers to Beat Summer HeatPosted: Jun 1, 2016
Location: Tracy, Calif.
Tracy residents are urged to stay cool during the hot weather and use public facilities such as the Tracy library, Tracy Transit Center and West Valley Mall during normal operating hours. Public facilities act as cooling centers when temperatures rise above 100 degrees.
The Larch-Clover Community Center at 11157 W. Larch Rd. in Tracy has also been identified as a cooling center to assist residents of the south county area. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Additionally, the City has partnered with Rouse Properties in encouraging residents to cool down at the West Valley Mall. The Mall is a great place to beat the heat, where you can shop, eat and/or take in a movie with the family while waiting for the temperature to decrease. West Valley Mall is located at 3200 North Naglee Road. The hours of operation are Monday- Saturday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon - 7 p.m.
TRACER, the City’s public transportation system, has routes to most public facilities throughout the City and the West Valley Mall. TRACER is offering free rides on fixed routes on the days temperatures are forecast to be 100 degrees and above. For fixed route information and schedules, residents can call (209) 831-4BUS.
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), muscle cramping might be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Here is how you can recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do:
Heat Exhaustion: What you should do:
Heavy sweating Move to cooler location
Weakness Lie down and loosen your clothing
Fast, weak pulse Apply cool, wet cloths at as much of your body as possible
Nausea or vomiting Sip water
Fainting If you have vomited and it continues, call 9-1-1
Heat Stroke: What you should do:
Body temperature above 103F Call 9-1-1 – this is a medical emergency
Hot, red, dry or moist skin Move person to cooler environment
Rapid and strong pulse Apply cool, wet cloths on your body
Possible unconsciousness Do not give fluids, call 9-1-1
To prevent heat-related illness, follow the safety guidelines below provided by the California Office of Emergency Services:
• Children up to age 4, people taking certain medications, persons with disabilities, and seniors age 65 and over are particularly less able to cope with hotter weather and should be monitored throughout the day for signs of heat-related illness.
• Drink more fluids —especially water. Your body needs water for many crucial functions and dehydration can lead to serious health effects.
• Wear lightweight and comfortable clothing if you’re planning to be outdoors. Avoid the hottest parts of the day by scheduling activities during cooler hours (generally mornings and evenings). Also be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen because sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself.
• Don’t over exert. Stay cool indoors by turning on an air conditioner or evaporative cooling system. If you don’t have access to air conditioned space at home, please visit a local shopping mall, senior center, public library, community center, or other facility that is open to the public.
• Do not rely only on electric fans during a heat wave. When the temperature is in the 90s or above, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is a better way to beat the heat and keep body temperatures at safer levels.
• Use common sense. Avoid hot meals and heavy, spicy foods when the weather gets hot. Eat smaller meals more often.
• Never leave infants, children, or pets unattended in your vehicle, not even for a moment.
• If you, or someone you know, may be at risk for heat-related illness, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
• And call 9-1-1 in the event of a true health emergency.
For more information, please visit www.dhs.ca.gov for comprehensive guidelines about staying healthy in hot weather or call the Tracy Fire Department at (209) 831-6700.
Tracy Fire Department