HOT TEMPS WEEK OF MAY 12, 2014; TIPS AND REMINDERS TO BEAT THE HEAT
PASADENA, Calif.--It's going to get HOT out there this week, Pasadena! The City wishes to remind everyone to take precautions against the heat and stay connected to the City for any alerts and updates.
Lack of rain this year means area vegetation and brush is extremely dry. Pasadena Fire Department Officials urge extra care when using landscaping equipment as sparks from such equipment or vehicles can ignite brush fires. Remember to discard cigarettes properly; use extra caution with barbecues and be vigilant around swimming pools.
Bookmark and check the City’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net for updates on changing conditions.
Pasadena residents and businesses with any power emergencies should call Pasadena Water and Power Department at (626) 744-4673. For water-related emergencies, call (626) 744-4138. Visit www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/CAISO_Outages/ for “Flex Alerts” and sign up for PWP’s Outage Management System to get up-to-date alerts on your phone and by email regarding any power outages by visiting www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/OMS/.
For life-threatening emergencies always remember to dial 9-1-1. Remain calm while on the phone. Be prepared to give operators your name and location and an accurate description of the nature of your call.
Pasadena Public Safety and Health Officials also offer the following reminders and precautions during hot weather:
- Weather updates can be found online at www.weather.gov/losangeles.
- If possible, stay indoors in an air conditioned environment, especially the young and the elderly. If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going to an enclosed shopping mall, a public library or a designated cooling center.
- Remember to check on your neighbors, family and friends—especially the elderly—to make sure they are OK. Take them extra water or a cool beverage.
- Never leave anyone unattended in closed vehicles, including pets! For more pet care tips visit www.pasadenahumane.org
- Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to stay.
- Keep air conditioners set to about 78 degrees.
- Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat. Use energy efficient fans as alternative.
- Use major appliances in early morning or after 7 p.m., when energy demand is lower.
- Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use.
- Set refrigerator to 37 degrees, clean coils regularly & unplug unused secondary fridges.
If your work or recreation plans mean you must be outdoors, please consider the following:
- Air quality can easily degrade during hot weather. If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, minimize outdoor activity to reduce heat-related illness.
- Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.
- Wear light and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
- Avoid, reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise, whether outside or in a non-air conditioned building, especially during peak heat hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen!
The Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org, is the only pre-designated Cooling Center in the City of Pasadena. The Senior Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday. To confirm hours, calls the center at: (626) 795-4331, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov to find other designated cooling centers throughout Los Angeles County.
STAY CONNECTED TO CITY OF PASADENA!
Be sure to stay connected to the City of Pasadena for local news and information from the City, especially during emergencies and other alerts. Here are several ways to stay connected to the City of Pasadena:
In addition to the main website homepage, www.cityofpasadena.net, you can follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and (Like Us) on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena.
The Citizen Service Center is open to take your calls, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311.
The City of Pasadena uses the following Twitter accounts to send out alerts, including the following online pages and mobile handles:
Pasadena officials also urge all residents to sign up today for emergency alerts and other information from the City by joining the City’s Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System, or PLEAS.
PLEAS uses both text and voice messages to keep residents and community members in Pasadena informed in case of citywide or major emergencies. Phone subscribers will receive a message with the latest information and safety instructions—that must be listened to in its entirety or the system will call you back.
Go to www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire/PLEAS/ to register today.
During emergencies, the City also will use its government cable access TV station, KPAS, to help broadcast emergency information. Charter cable subscribers see KPAS on Channel 3 and Channel 182 and for AT&T U-verse subscribers you can watch KPAS on Channel 99.
The City will also send out “Nixle” alerts to those who have established a free account at www.nixle.com and identified the Pasadena zip codes that they wish to receive alerts for those areas.
PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY
While not official Cooling Centers, the Pasadena Public Library, www.cityofpasadena.net/Library and other local area public libraries offer an enjoyable, air-conditioned respite from the heat and are, of course, a great place to catch up on your reading too! Pasadena Public Library locations and hours are:
Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, (626) 744-4066. Open 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Branch hours are as follows:
- Allendale Branch, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., (626) 744-7260, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- Hill Avenue Branch, 55 S. Hill Ave., (626) 744-7264, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Lamanda Park Branch, 140 S. Altadena Dr., (626) 744-7266, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- Linda Vista Branch, 1281 Bryant St., (626) 744-7278, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- San Rafael Branch, 1240 Nithsdale Road, (626) 744-7270, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Santa Catalina Branch, 999 E. Washington Blvd., (626) 744-7272, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Friday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- La Pintoresca Branch, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., (626) 744-7268, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Villa-Parke Branch, 363 E. Villa St., (626) 744-6510, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
PASADENA RECREATION CENTERS
Pasadena’s Recreation Centers also provide air conditioned environments at:
- Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
- Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday.
- Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday.
- Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Closed Sunday.
A trip to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, 300 E. Green St., is also a good way to beat the heat. Call (626) 578-0800; visit www.skatepasadena.com or email to email@example.com.
OTHER HANDY WEBSITE LINKS
FEMA: www.fema.gov / www.ready.gov / www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
National Weather Service, weather updates for the region, www.weather.gov/losangeles
American Red Cross, www.redcross.org
For pet care tips visit www.pasadenahumane.org.
In the event of a major disaster, widespread power outage or other emergency, use your battery-operated radio to stay tuned to local major news radio stations such as
KNX, 1070 AM, or KFWB 98 AM
KNX 1070 AM Radio: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/
KFWB 98 AM Radio: http://kfwbam.com/
KPCC 89.3 (NPR affiliate): http://www.scpr.org/
KTNQ 1020 AM Radio (Spanish news): http://univisionamerica.univision.com/