Cool Centers are an approach to preventive health by providing a safe shelter, water, snacks and related information for people who need to escape high temperatures during the summer months because of health concerns or economic need.
June 14, 2021 Cooling Center update: As a reminder, the Lake Elsinore Senior Activity Center is NOT open for the Cooling Center or programming until further notice.
Q & A
Under What Conditions will a Cool Center be Opened and Who is at Risk?
When the forecast anticipates temperatures of 100+ degrees (F) for three to five consecutive days.
When the Riverside County Health Department of Public Health issues a "Heat Warning."
Persons at risk include those with medical conditions, take medications for high blood pressure, have a mental health condition, have been using drugs or alcohol, or have had previous heat-related illness.
Other Cooling Centers Opened in Lake Elsinore!
Have you seen the projected weather forecast for this summer? With high temperatures expected throughout 2023, Cooling Centers have been opened in Lake Elsinore to help our residents cool down through the summer months. The are located at the following locations:
- Lake Elsinore Library 600 W Graham Avenue, 951-674-4517
- Monday through Wednesday through Thursday 10 am to 6 pm.
- Tuesday 11 am to 7 pm.
- Friday 10 am to 5 pm.
- Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.
- Lakeview Chapel 32700 Mission Trail, 951-674-2825
- Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
Heat Stress Signs & Symptoms
- Heat stress is serious and, if untreated, may even lead to death, so recognize these progressive warning signs:
- Heat Cramps: Involuntary muscle contractions caused by failure to replace fluids and/or electrolytes.
- Heat Exhaustion: Weakness, extreme fatigue, nausea, headaches, wet, sweaty skin.
- Heat Stroke: Hot body temperature above 105.8 degrees (F), failure of the body's heat control, mental confusion, loss of consciousness, convulsions, or even coma
Health Tips When it's Hot
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for shade.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing.
- Slow down-rest in the shade or a cool place when possible.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, use a fan, make sure your windows are open, and visit a cool center.
- Take a tepid shower or bath to cool off during the day.
- Check on friends and neighbors who are elderly or have medical conditions, or are at high risk for problems when it is very hot.
- Identify who may need special attention (children, elderly or disabled) and their special requirements, if shelter-in-place is necessary.