Cooling centers during the heat wave

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(CNS) – With temperatures expected to reach dangerous levels today and tomorrow, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks today announced extended hours for six cooling centers across the San Fernando Valley.

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

Heat index values, which account for humidity, are expected to reach 105 degrees in many parts of the valley, according to the National Weather Service.

An excessive heat warning, issued by the NWS to indicate health- threatening conditions resulting from high heat and humidity, was posted for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the San Gabriel, San Fernando, and Santa Clarita valleys and the Los Angeles County portion of both the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains.

The cooling centers with extended hours are:

  • North Hollywood Senior Citizen Center, 11430 Chandler Blvd.;
  • Sepulveda Recreation Center/Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center, 8801 Kester Ave., Panorama City;
  • Sunland Park Senior Citizen Center, 8640 Fenwick St., Sunland;
  • Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave.;
  • East Valley Multi Purpose Center, 5040 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks; and
  • Canoga Park Senior Citizen Center, 7326 Jordan Ave.

Detailed information regarding cooling centers and hours can also be found by calling 311 or (213) 202-2700, or by going to www.laparks.org.

The heat caused the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, to announce a Flex Alert for tomorrow between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., during which residents are called upon to conserve power.

No such alert was in effect today, but Cal-ISO still urged residents to cut back on power use, particularly between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Both Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 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;
  • closing drapes and blinds to keep rooms cool;
  • ventilating homes at night and in the early morning to allow cool air to circulate;
  • limiting the opening of refrigerators;
  • turning off lights in unoccupied areas; and
  • relying on ceiling or smaller fans to cool rooms instead of air conditioners.
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