For residents who do not have access to air conditioning, a list of cooling centers and their hours of operation can be found right here. Hit the link for a listing of cooling stations throughout Tulare County.
Also here are some helpful tips from Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency wants you and your family to be safe during this Independence Day and throughout the coming holiday weekend. Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Public Health Officer has identified key public health safety points to keep in mind.
● Stay hydrated. The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid.
● Never swim alone, always supervise children near the water, and wait a half-hour to swim after eating.
● Store food safely during the heat to avoid food poisoning.
● If you'll be out at dawn or dusk, wear long pants and long sleeves in addition to using insect repellent as West Nile Virus has been found in local mosquitoes.
● Avoid direct sun, but if you must be outside wear a head covering and sunscreen.
CITY OF VISALIA OPENS COOLING CENTER In response to the National Weather Service forecast of hot weather this week, the City of Visalia will open its Transit Center as a Cooling Center for the community’s use, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 30th and Wednesday, July 1st. The Transit Center, located at 425 E. Oak Ave., provides amenities such as ample seating, vending machines and restrooms. All of the Bus Routes eventually lead to the Transit Center, providing convenient transportation.
Let's not forget our animal friends and livestock. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle, even for short periods of time. Temperatures inside vehicles can climb rapidly to life-threatening levels, even with the windows partially open. Remember that animals are affected by the heat. Make sure pets and farm animals have plenty of water and access to shade.