City opens cooling centers

By the Daily Post staff

Today’s high in the mid-Peninsula is expected to reach 95 today, and that has prompted the city of Menlo Park to open four cooling centers.

  • Belle Haven Branch Library
    413 Ivy Drive
    Hours: Noon.–6 p.m.
  • Onetta Harris Community Center
    100 Terminal Ave.
    Hours: Noon.–8 p.m.
  • Menlo Park Main Library
    800 Alma St.
    Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Arrillaga Family Recreation Center
    700 Alma St.
    Hours: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

Water is available at all locations.

Here are some pointers from the city about heat:

  • Heat is the No. 1 weather-related cause of death in the United States every year.
  • With temperatures above 90 degrees, there is an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. Most susceptible are the very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Avoid poorly ventilated areas and prolonged work in the sun.
  • Keep plenty of fluids on hand and try to stay inside, or take frequent breaks in an air-conditioned environment.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
    Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing.
  • Never leave children unattended in a vehicle. Check the backseat before exiting. During extreme heat, vehicle temperatures can reach lethal levels in a matter of minutes.
  • Routinely check on family members, neighbors, elderly, chronically ill and friends. If they have air conditioning available, encourage them to use it.
  • Replace salt and minerals: heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.