Heat resources: How to beat the heat

Children, the elderly and people with chronic health issues are especially at risk.

Cooling Centers open around the Bay Area: click here

Spare the Air transit information:
Usually the Bay Area Air Quality Management District offers free transit during the first few Spare the Air Days of the year. However this year, they will not be offering free transit rides because public transit use is up significantly as a result from high gas prices. Instead, Bay Area transit agencies teamed up to have a free transit day on June 19, 2008, which is the traditional Leave Your Car at Home Day.

Heat safety tips:

  • Curtail outdoor activity.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol or caffeine.
  • Friends, relatives and neighbor should check on people who may be at risk. A break in a cool environment can help.
  • Avoid hot cars. After 20 minutes, the temperature inside a car can be 150 degrees.
  • Do not leave children or pets in your car.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade.
  • Dress babies appropriately for hot weather in lightweight clothing (a diaper and T-shirt).
  • Wear light weight, loose, light-colored clothing.
  • Watch for symptoms of heat-related illnesses: confusion, fatigue, impaired judgment, weakness, red cheeks, chills, hyperventilation, dizziness and, in severe cases, collapse, loss of consciousness or seizures.


  • Call your health provider if symptoms appear.

  • More heat safety tips: click here
  • CDC: About Extreme Heat
  • CDC: Extreme Heat Prevention Guide
  • CDC: Tips for preventing heat-related illness
  • ABC7's Bay Area severe weather resources guide

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