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Heatwave Alert: How to Protect Yourself and Your Family

According to KTSF, another heatwave is expected to hit the Bay Area this week, with daytime temperatures in some areas potentially exceeding 100°F. With the impact of global climate change, the frequency and intensity of heatwaves are increasing. This makes it especially important to take appropriate measures to protect yourself and your family during a heatwave. This article will introduce some ways to cope with the heatwave and list public cooling facilities in the Bay Area to help everyone get through the hot summer.


Heatwave Coping Strategies

  1. Stay Hydrated Staying hydrated is crucial in hot weather. Drink plenty of water, avoid overexertion, and refrain from high-intensity exercise in high temperatures.

  2. Avoid Outdoor Activities During a heatwave, avoid outdoor activities, especially in hot and humid environments, to reduce the risk of heat-related injuries.

  3. Use Air Conditioning and Air Conditioning Systems Use air conditioning and ventilation systems at home or in the office to maintain a comfortable environment.

  4. Maintain Home Environment Keep your home clean, ventilated, and shaded to avoid the risk of heat-related injuries.

  5. Prepare First Aid Measures During a heatwave, prepare first aid measures, such as knowing how to treat heatstroke, to handle potential heat-related injuries.

  6. Avoid Overeating and Overdrinking Avoid overeating and excessive drinking in hot weather to prevent loss of body fluids and reduce the risk of heat-related injuries.

  7. Maintain Physical Health During a heatwave, maintain physical health by avoiding fatigue, keeping up moderate exercise, and avoiding prolonged outdoor activities.

  8. Prepare Backup Supplies Prepare backup supplies during a heatwave, such as backup power, water, and food, to handle potential emergencies.

In addition, some simple yet effective tips include drinking water regularly (don't wait until you're thirsty), not leaving children or pets in cars, limiting physical activity and wearing a wide-brimmed hat, drawing curtains and closing blinds, and opening windows to let in cool breezes at night.

Bay Area Public Cooling Facilities

When a heatwave strikes, the Bay Area offers several public facilities that provide cool and comfortable environments. Here are some specific locations:

San Francisco

  • Chinatown/Him Mark Li Branch Library: 1135 Powell St., San Francisco

  • Main Library: 100 Larkin St., San Francisco

  • Glen Park Branch Library: 2825 Diamond St., Glen Park

  • Mission Bay Branch Library: 960 Fourth St., Mission Bay

  • Potrero Hill Branch Library: 1616 20th St., Potrero Hill

  • North Beach Branch Library: 850 Columbus Ave., North Beach

Santa Clara County

  • Central Park Library, Santa Clara: 2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara

  • Cupertino Library: 10800 Torre Ave, Cupertino

  • Emma Prusch Regional Park Farm, San Jose: 647 S King Rd, San Jose

  • Gilroy Library: 350 W 6th St, Gilroy

  • Los Altos Library: 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

  • Milpitas Library: 160 N Main St, Milpitas

  • Mission Branch Library, Santa Clara: 1098 Lexington St, Santa Clara

  • Morgan Hill Library: 660 W Main Ave, Morgan Hill

  • Northside Branch Library, Santa Clara: 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara

  • Roosevelt Community Center, San Jose: 901 E Santa Clara St, San Jose

  • Santa Clara Community Recreation Center: 969 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara

  • Santa Clara Senior Center: 1303 Fremont St, Santa Clara

  • Saratoga Library: 13650 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga

  • Sunnyvale Library: 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale

  • Camden Community Center, San Jose: 3369 Union Ave, San Jose

  • Campbell Community Center: 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell

  • Woodland Library, Los Altos: 1975 Grant Rd, Los Altos

Solano County

  • Benicia Library: 150 E. L St., Benicia

  • Fairfield Civic Center Library: 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield

  • Fairfield Cordelia Library: 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield

  • Vacaville Public Library, Cultural Center: 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville

  • Vacaville Public Library, Town Square: 1 Town Square Place, Vacaville

  • Dixon Library: 230 N. First St., Dixon

  • Law Library, Hall of Justice: 600 Union Ave., Fairfield

  • Suisun City Library: 601 Pintail Drive, Suisun City

  • Rio Vista Library: 44 S. Second St., Rio Vista

  • Springstowne Library: 1003 Oakwood Ave., Vallejo

  • JFK Library: 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo

Alameda County

  • San Lorenzo Library: 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo

  • Hayward Downtown Library: 888 C St., Hayward

  • Castro Valley Library: 3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley

  • Cherryland Community Center: 278 Hampton Road, Cherryland

  • Cannery Park: 125 B St., Hayward

  • Ashland Community Center: 1530 167th Ave., Ashland

  • REACH Ashland Youth Center: 16335 E. 14th St., Ashland

San Mateo County

  • Atherton Library: 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton

  • Belmont Library: 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont

  • Twin Pines Community Center: 20 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont

  • Burlingame Main Library: 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame

  • Burlingame Easton Library: 1800 Easton Drive, Burlingame

  • Brisbane Library: 163 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane

  • Daly City Library: Westlake Branch, 275 Southgate Ave., Daly City

  • Daly City Library John Daly Branch, 13 Hillside, Daly City

  • Daly City Library Bayshore Branch, 460 Martin St., Daly City

  • Daly City Library Serramonte Branch, 40 Wembley Drive., Daly City

  • Pacifica Sanchez Library: 1111 Terra Nova Blvd., Pacifica

  • Pacifica Sharp Park Library: 104 Hilton Way, Pacifica

  • East Palo Alto Library: 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto

  • East Palo Alto Senior Center: 560 Bell St., East Palo Alto

  • Foster City Library: 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City

  • Half Moon Bay Library: 620 Correas St., Half Moon Bay

  • Menlo Park Main Library: 800 Alma St., Menlo Park

  • Menlo Park Library, Belle Haven Branch: 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park

  • North Fair Oaks Library: 2510 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

  • Millbrae Library: 1 Library Ave., Millbrae

  • Portola Valley Library: 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley

  • Redwood City Public Library: 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

  • Redwood City Library, Redwood Shores Branch: 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City

  • Redwood City Library, Schaberg Branch: 2140 Euclid Ave., Redwood City

  • Canada College Library: 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City

  • Skyline College Library: 3300 College Drive, San Bruno

  • San Bruno Library: 701 Angus Ave., San Bruno

  • San Mateo City Main Library: 55 W. Third Ave., San Mateo

  • San Mateo City Library, Marina Branch: 1530 Susan Court, San Mateo

  • San Mateo City Library, Hillsdale Branch: 205 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo

  • College of San Mateo Library: 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., Building 9, San Mateo

  • San Carlos Library: 610 Elm St., San Carlos

  • South San Francisco Main Library: 840 W. Orange Ave., South San Francisco

  • South San Francisco Library, Grand Avenue Branch: 306 Walnut Ave., South San Francisco

  • Woodside Library: 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside


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