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LOS ANGELES — With temperatures rising in Southern California, residents are urged to take precautions to avoid heat stroke, sunburn or heat exhaustion that can lead to hospitalization. The National Weather Service issued a high heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in Greater Southland.

The National Weather Service also advises residents to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outdoors. If possible, reschedule strenuous activities for early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Wear light, loose clothing when possible. To reduce risk when working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.

With temperatures rising in Southern California, the city of West Hollywood will open its cooling center in Plummer Park.

The Cooling Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2022; Thursday, April 7, 2022; and Friday, April 8, 2022.

The Cooling Center is located at Plummer Park Community Center, rooms 5 and 6, at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The West Hollywood Cool Center is activated when temperatures reach 90 degrees or more. Plummer Park staff members are available to direct people to the cooling center.

The City of West Hollywood offers free transportation to Plummer Park through its Cityline service. Cityline is a user-friendly and accessible alternative to the larger bus system and all shuttles are ADA accessible. Cityline operates Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and shuttles arrive approximately every 30 minutes.

Face coverings are mandatory on Cityline vehicles. For more information and a detailed road map, visit www.weho.org/cityline — road maps are also available on Cityline shuttles.

The City reminds community members that pets and children are particularly vulnerable to high heat conditions. Every year, children and pets suffer and die when left unattended in parked vehicles. On a 78 degree day, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can soar to 120 degrees in just a few minutes, and on a 90 degree day, the temperature inside can reach 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes, even with cracked windows. to open. Think twice before leaving a child or pet in a parked vehicle, even for a moment.

High heat is also extremely dangerous for pets’ paws. The temperature of the ground can be much higher than that of the surrounding air and the roadway and sidewalks absorb heat quickly. A simple seven-second test to see if the pavement is too hot can help determine if conditions are too hot to take a four-legged friend for a ride.

Touch the pavement with the back of your hand for seven seconds. If the surface is too hot to hold for the full seven seconds, it is also too hot for paws. Avoid concrete, brick and asphalt during the heat of the day and walk instead when the ground is cooler, early in the morning or late at night.

For additional tips on dealing with hot weather, please visit the City Cooling Center website page at www.weho.org/coolingcenters. For more information regarding the City of West Hollywood Cooling Center, please call (323) 848-6530.

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