Heat wave cooling

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(CNS) – With a heat wave peaking today and keeping the area hot through at least Saturday, authorities reminded Southlanders that cooling centers have been established at numerous facilities around the county.

Here is a list of cooling facilities. (Opens a .pdf file)

Senior centers and recreation centers in North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sunland, Sylmar, Sherman Oaks and Canoga Park will be open from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. through Saturday. All Los Angeles city Recreation and Parks facilities will be used as cooling centers, but will maintain normal hours.

Information regarding specific locations and hours can be found by calling 311, by calling (213) 202-2700, or by going to www.laparks.org.

In Burbank, two cooling centers have been established:

  • the Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., which will be open until 8 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; and
  • the Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., which will be open until 6 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

 

Officials at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison each urged customers this week to conserve energy to prevent strain on the power grid.

Both Edison and DWP offered a series of tips to help customers cut back on power usage, including:

  • setting thermostats no lower than 78 degrees;
  • limiting the use of appliances during peak hours, and using washing machines, dishwashers and other heavy appliances only in the evening;
  • close drapes and blinds to keep rooms cool;
  • ventilate homes at night and in the early morning to allow cool air to circulate;
  • limit the opening of refrigerators;
  • turn off lights in unoccupied areas; and
  • rely on ceiling or smaller fans to cool rooms instead of air conditioners.
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