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Posted on: July 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Cooling Center Information

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Excessive heat can cause health concerns for some individuals. If you or someone you know needs a cool respite, you may visit one of the below centers during their business hours. During prolonged extreme heat events, hours may be extended at these facilities. Other indoor recreational venues, such as local movie theaters, restaurants, and shopping malls, can also be visited to escape the heat. 

Placentia Cooling Center Locations:

  • Whitten Center, 900 S. Melrose Street, (714) 986-2333, Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Aguirre Building, 505 Jefferson Street, (714) 993-8232, Hours Vary, Please Call Ahead
  • Gomez Center, 1701 Atwood Avenue, (714) 993-8232, Hours Vary, Please Call Ahead
  • City Hall, 401 E Chapman Avenue, (714) 993-8232; Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm 
  • Placentia Library, 411 E Chapman Avenue, (714) 528-1906, Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

It’s essential to pay attention to how the heat is impacting your body. In extreme heat — which is considered a prolonged period of high heat and humidity — your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Each year, extreme heat causes more deaths than other weather-related hazards. 

Here are 6 ways to keep you and your loved ones cool this summer:

  • Drink Water - Keep you and your pets hydrated. Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Find Air Conditioning - If your home does not have air conditioning, go to one of the above-listed centers. Even a few hours in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you return to the heat. Remember that while electric fans may provide comfort when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • Insulate Your House - You can keep your house cooler by insulating it and covering your windows with drapes or shades. Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat outside.
  • Wear Sunscreen - Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going out.
  • Never Leave Pets or People in a Closed Car - Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially in danger of getting a heat stroke or dying.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities - Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest: morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to recover.

When we are experiencing extreme heat, it is also important to be able to recognize the signs of heat-related illness. There are three main types: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

  • For heat cramps, you want to look out for muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs. If this happens, immediately find a cooler location and remove excess clothing.
  • For heat exhaustion, you may experience heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, or vomiting. You will want to go to an air-conditioned place, remove clothing or take a cool bath.
  • For heat stroke, you may experience a high internal body temperature (above 103 degrees), rapid and strong pulse, red skin, dizziness, or confusion. You should call 9-1-1 and then attempt to cool your body in whatever ways are available to you.

If you experience any of the symptoms of heat-related illness, you should also take sips of a cool sports drink, which helps you replenish vitamins lost when sweating. For more information on how to be prepared for extreme heat, visit

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