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County holds cool zone event with weather warming up

Gig Conaughton

County of San Diego Communications Office

County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas and county health officials held a press event Tuesday to remind people the County’s Cool Zone program gives them free, safe, air-conditioned sanctuaries to escape extreme heat as temperatures are expected to rise this weekend.

A complete list of Cool Zone sites, their hours and locations is located online. The site includes a map feature where people can type in their address to find locations near them. People can also call 2-1-1 to find a location, or, if they cannot get to a Cool Zone, ask for help with free transportation.

The Cool Zone program runs from June 1 through Oct. 31. It gives people more than 60 places, including county and city libraries and community centers, to go to if they need respite from extra-high temperatures.

Extreme heat can be especially dangerous for older adults and children. The County Health and Human Services Agency 2022 Excessive Heat Report released Friday stated there were 15 Heat Alerts issued by the National Weather Service, compared to 16 the year before.

Everyone is recommended to shelter in cool locations when temperatures get too hot. Working or exercising outside on a hot day or staying in a hot space too long can cause heat-related illnesses. Those can range from cramps to exhaustion and heatstroke – a condition when the body can no longer control its temperature.

Fallbrook’s Cool Zone is at the Fallbrook Branch Library, 124 S Mission Road. The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday 12 to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Sundays as well as Sept. 4.

 

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