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Claremont cooling centers to the rescue this summer

During the summer, it’s no secret our slice of Southern California gets excruciatingly hot. So, when temperatures begin to boil over toward the unbearable side of things for three days straight, the City of Claremont will deploy cooling centers so residents can recharge and refresh.

When temperatures become extreme, cooling centers will be set up at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road; the Blaisdell Community Center, 440 S. College Ave.; the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave.; and at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave.

Cooling centers will be open at varying times throughout the week so be sure to contact the appropriate center for hours. The Hughes Center can be reached at (909) 399-5490; the Blaisdell Center at (909) 399-5367; the library at (909) 621-4902; and the Joslyn Center at (909) 399-5488.

Transportation will be available through the Pomona Valley transportation Authority, which can take participants to the Alexander Hughes cooling center a news release stated. If participants wish to go to either the Joslyn or Blaisdell cooling centers, transportation can be arranged to those centers from the Alexander Hughes cooling center using PVTA.

“Residents will be notified when cooling centers have been activated via postings on the Blaisdell and Joslyn Center front doors,” the news release added.

To schedule a ride, call (909) 596-7664 and dial option 2 for Claremont Dial-A-Ride. Be sure to call 45 minutes prior from your desired departure time.

In order to preserve the health of the community, face coverings and social distancing among guests at the cooling centers will be required.

Residents who plan on being outdoors during hot days ahead are advised to take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat. Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, and to avoid alcohol in instances of high heat.

Sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 should be worn if you need to be in the sun. And don’t forget about pets who will also need plenty of water and shade.

Residents can also do the following to stay cool: avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and reduce physical activity; wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when outdoors; avoid hot, heavy meals which include proteins; set your air conditioner between 75 to 80 degrees and check on elderly neighbors, family and friends who do not have air conditioning.

For more information and tips for preventing heat‐related illness, visit: cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html.

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