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Local Facilities Provide Shelter from Rising Temperatures to Prevent Heat-Related Emergencies

Post Date:07/28/2015 10:35 AM


For Immediate Release 
July 28, 2015

Media contact: 
Meghan Horrigan


Redwood City, Calif. - The City of Redwood City announced a public safety reminder as temperatures rise across the Bay Area to stay safe and keep cool. Temperatures above ninety degrees are expected in the southern, bayside region of San Mateo County Tuesday through Thursday. All residents are encouraged to visit City facilities to cool down if they feel affected by the extreme heat.

According to the California Department of Public Health, heat-related emergencies cause an average of 56 deaths in California each year and prompt 3,800 people to seek treatment at hospital emergency rooms. In the summer of 2000, a heat wave contributed to the deaths of several San Mateo County residents. Children, the elderly, and adults with disabilities may be more at risk for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. 

The following Redwood City facilities are available to the public to keep cool during this week's heat wave: 

  • City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Rd, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday throughFriday. 
  • Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd, open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondaythrough Thursday.
  • Fair Oaks Library, 2510 Middlefield Rd, open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondaythrough Thursday.
  • Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Pkwy, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave, open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave, open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave, open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Rd, open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Sandpiper Community Center, 797 Redwood Shores Pkwy, open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services provides the following tips to prevent heat-related illness:

  • Never leave infants, children or the frail elderly unattended in a parked car.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Don't wait until you're thirsty.
  • Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Use a hat and sunscreen as needed.
  • Drink fruit juice or a sports beverage to replace salts and minerals lost during heavy sweating. (If a client/resident is on a low-sodium diet, check with his/her physician first.)
  • During the hottest parts of the day, keep physical activities to a minimum and stay indoors in air-conditioning and out of the sun.
  • Use fans as needed. 
  • Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate when appropriate.
  • Use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths.
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals-they add heat to the body. Eat frozen treats. 

The Governor's site also notes the warning signs of heat stroke, which include an extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit), unconsciousness, dizziness, nausea, confusion, a rapid, strong pulse, and a throbbing headache. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, muscle cramping, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting, paleness, and dizziness. Any of these symptoms could lead to a life-threatening emergency.

Tips to help victims of heat stroke or heat exhaustion include: 

  • Have someone call 911 while you begin cooling the victim.
  • Get the victim to a shady area.
  • Cool the victim rapidly with a cool bath or shower, or by sponging with cool water, until body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit, orally.
  • If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
  • Do not give the victim alcohol to drink.
  • Again, get medical assistance as soon as possible. 

Animals are also vulnerable to the heat. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends the following to ensure that pets do not succumb to heat stroke during a heatwave: 

  • Avoid dehydration by always having fresh, clean water available and lots of shady places where pets can cool off. When the weather's extremely hot, keep your pets indoors.
  • Limit exercise to either early in the morning or late in the evening. Before starting your walk, give the sidewalk a test with the palm of your hand. If it's too hot to touch, it can burn your pet's footpads and should be avoided.
  • For animals who must remain outside, provide a shady, sheltered place to rest and lots of fresh water in stable containers.
  • Never leave an animal alone in a parked vehicle. 
  • Watch out for the following symptoms of overheating: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Contact a veterinarian right away if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke. 

For more information, contact Doris Estremera with the San Mateo County Health Department at (650) 573-2208

Lean more tips for staying safe and cool at the California Governor's website: 

For additional pet related information, visit the ASPCA website: 

About Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter. To learn more about Redwood City's downtown and to plan a visit, go to



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