As temperatures climb, Centers are coolest places in town

As temperatures climb, Centers are coolest places in town
Posted on 06/15/2017

June 15, 2017 - The National Weather Service predicts a heat wave for the Southwestern U.S. with intense heat in the deserts and increased temperatures in the Inland Empire. As temperatures rise, the Redlands Community Center, Community Senior Center and Joslyn Senior Center are designated Cool Centers.

While providing a place to escape the heat, Redlands Cool Centers also offer pleasurable, informative and enlightening programs in a relaxed and secure environment at the following facilities:

Joslyn Senior Center

21 Grant St.

Hours of operation: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Redlands Community Senior Center

111 W. Lugonia

Hours of operation: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Redlands Community Center

111 W. Lugonia

Hours of operation: Monday–Friday, noon-9 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m..- 5 p.m.

Cool Center activities include: puzzles, cards and games, craft and exercise classes, and more. All activities are free.  Discover our regular classes and activities during the day too. For more information on Recreation activities, please call the centers at (909) 798-7572 or (909) 798-7550.

Children and teens can also enjoy free lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Redlands Community Center. Through the National League of Cities’ 2016-2017 Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs, the City has partnered with the Redlands Unified School District Nutrition Program to enhance and expand the summer meal program for youth.

The Redlands City Manager’s Office Emergency Operations also secured donations of water and granola bars from the local Stater Brothers, which will be available at Cool Center locations.

The County Department of Public Health also offers the following advice:

High or unusually hot temperatures can affect one’s health. People are advised to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke by following the tips below.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Find an air-conditioned Cooling Center open to the public by dialing the United Way’s toll-free resource telephone line at 2-1-1, or online at http://211sb.org/cooling-centers
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink water more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

For more information contact the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health at 1800-782-4264 or visit the National Weather Service Forecast website at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/ or the California Department of Public Health website: http://www.bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov/BeInformed/NaturalDisasters/ExtremeHeat/Pages/ExtremeHeat.aspx