Beginning today, Placer County will open cooling centers at its branch libraries in Auburn, Loomis and Rocklin for residents who need relief from the heat.
Community rooms at the Auburn and Rocklin libraries are scheduled to serve as cooling centers during normal operating hours, which may be extended to 8 p.m. today through Wednesday as needed.
The Loomis library normally is closed on Mondays, but opened on an as-needed basis today to serve as a cooling center. On Tuesday and Wednesday, its cooling center is scheduled to be available during normal operating hours, but may stay open until 8 p.m. if needed.
Addresses for the three libraries are:
* Auburn: 350 Nevada St.;
* Loomis: 6050 Library Drive; and
* Rocklin: 4890 Granite Dr.
In addition, the Granite Bay branch of the Placer County Library, 6475 Douglas Blvd., will make its community room available to serve as a cooling center during normal operating hours Tuesday and Wednesday. Its hours also may be extended to 8 p.m.
“We are very pleased to make our branch libraries available to residents who need cool places to get out of the heat,” explained County Director of Library Services Mary George. “Libraries are well suited to serve as cooling centers because they are well-known, comfortable facilities that already serve as community gathering places.”
“Staying cool when temperatures peak during the afternoon and early-evening hours is critical,” explained Program Manager John McEldowney of the Placer County Office of Emergency Services. “Most residents have many options, including air-conditioned homes, shopping centers, theaters and senior centers. Our county libraries offer another alternative for residents to consider.”
County officials emphasized that anyone who has a heat-related emergency should call 9-1-1. The cooling centers are not equipped to handle emergencies or serve as overnight shelters.
Dial-A-Ride, a service offered by Placer County Transit, may be able to help residents or groups who need transportation to a county cooling center. To request assistance, call Placer County Transit at 530-745-7570.
The cooling centers are not set up to handle pets. Residents who intend to stay at a cooling center may call Placer County Animal Services if they are concerned about shelter for pets. To seek assistance for pets, call Animal Services dispatch at 530-886-5500 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The City of Roseville has extended the hours of its Downtown Library at 225 Taylor St. to offer a cool place for city residents who need to get out of the heat. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Wednesday, from noon to 8 p.m. on July 4th and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 5.
The City of Roseville reported the Maidu Library, 1530 Maidu Drive, will remain open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, will be closed on July 4th and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The Martha Riley Community Library, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, closed on July 4th and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
In Lincoln, the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges will be available as a cooling center during regular operating hours Tuesday and Wednesday. Located at 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, the library is scheduled to be open from 1 to 7 p.m. both days.
Placer County’s decision to open cooling centers was prompted by an excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service that is scheduled to remain in effect through 8 p.m. Thursday for much of Northern California, including western Placer County. The NWS expects increased levels of heat stress in residents due to extremely hot days and warmer overnight temperatures than initially anticipated. Overnight temperatures are predicted to stay in the 70s to lower 80s, offering minimal relief to residents.
An excessive heat warning means people should use extra precautions if they work or spend time outside. The NWS advises people to:
* Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours if possible,
* Be on guard for signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke,
* Wear light-weight and loose-fitting clothing when possible, and
* Drink plenty of water.
More information on symptoms and tips for avoiding heated-related illness is available on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/index.html.
Children and seniors are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses.
For more information about Placer County cooling centers, please call 530-886-5310. The line will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Information about county cooling centers also is available on the county website at www.placer.ca.gov.