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Tips to beat the heat

Stay cool during stretch of hot weather

Post Date:06/17/2017 7:40 AM

During this stretch of higher-than-usual temperatures in Vacaville, the City would like to offer the following tips for beating the heat:

  • Avoid strenuous activity.
  • Drink plenty of water. Even if you do not feel thirsty, stay hydrated.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature.
  • Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Too much sun is harmful. Use sunscreen with a high SPF rating when outdoors.
  • Cool off at the City’s pool; if needed, all of the City’s facilities are air-conditioned and open to the public (hours are listed below).
  • Go indoors to beat the heat, such as air-conditioned community centers, libraries (hours are listed below), or theater.
  • If your home does not have air conditioning, try to stay on your lowest, coolest floor.
  • Use electric fans to cool you down, even if they do not cool the air.
  • Cover windows that receive morning/afternoon sun with drapes, shades, or awnings. Outdoor awnings can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors to make sure that they are safe.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
  • Do not leave pets outside for extended periods, be sure they have shade and give them plenty of water to drink.

Warning signs of possible heat stroke or heat-related illness:

  • An extremely high body temperature
  • Red, hot and dry skin
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea 
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

If you need emergency assistance, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

The McBride Senior Center is open 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays); The Three Oaks Community Center is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday; the Ulatis Community Center is open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, except holidays, and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fridays. The Ulatis Cultural Center library is open Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. The Town Square Library is open Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday - 1- 5 p.m.