Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat from Friday, October 9, through the weekend, with temperatures forecasted in the low to mid-90s in Southern California. “The temperatures will be high over these next couple of days, so we encourage everyone to find ways to keep cool through the weekend,” said Dr. Kushner.
With high temperatures and humidity, people may develop heat-related conditions such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, especially individuals working outside or participating in outdoor activities. “Groups such as the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related illness. It’s particularly important for individuals to seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat,” Dr. Kushner added.
Community Centers at City Parks serve as air-conditioned Cooling Centers during their normal operating hours; a complete listing of these facilities and normal hours of operations can be found at http://bit.ly/LBCoolingCenters. Many stores, malls, theaters and libraries offer air-conditioned environments. Long Beach public libraries are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10. On Sunday, October 11, Bay Shore, Burnett, and North libraries are open from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. A list of library locations is available at www.lbpl.org/locations.
Additionally, people should remember to:
For more information on how to stay healthy during hot weather, please visit the Health Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health. Should the City extend hours at park centers or other facilities for cooling centers, information will be posted on the Health Department’s website and through social media – www.facebook.com/lbdhhs and www.twitter.com/longbeachdhhs.
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