The Alameda County Public Health Department has issued a check list for getting prepared for hot weather which was shared in the San Leandro Senior Center's August newsletter. The newsletter also included information about cooling stations that are made available for San Leandro seniors in the event of especially hot weather events.
Here are the suggestions on how to stay safe when it is hot for seniors from the health department:
1. Drink plenty of water; avoid alcohol and caffeine.
2. Stay in a well-ventilated area.
3. Wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing.
4. Have a friend check up on you via phone or visits.
5. Plan your outside activities during the coolest part of the day,
early in the morning or later in the evening.
6. Know your medication - the heat may affect your reaction to
7. Eat light meals . Avoid cooking if possible.
8. Store at least one gallon of water per person, per day.
9. Close blinds, drapes, doors and windows to keep the heat out
during the day.
10. Apply cool damp towels to wrist and back of neck.
Cooling centers are available for San Leandro seniors
If the thermometer should climb to 95 degrees or higher, San Leandro area seniors can seek relief from the heat at two designated city cooling centers. One is at the San Leandro Public Library at 300 Estudillo Avenue and the other is at the Marina Community Center at 15301 Wicks Boulevard.
During extreme heat days (95 degrees or above) air conditioned rooms will be made available to seniors at the centers. Water will be available and there will be card tables set up with games in the centers to help seniors pass the time.
The cooling centers will be set up from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on days reaching or exceeding 95 degrees.
If you have questions, call 510-577-3462.