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Posted on: September 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Places to Cool and Tips to Beat the Heat

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Places to Cool From the Heat:

The County’s Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) has offices available as “places to cool” over the Labor Day weekend and Tuesday, September 8, through the Friday, September 11. Check the dates and times open before coming. Please note that during the COVID-19 shelter in place, EHSD’s regular programs and services are NOT currently available at these offices. 

EHSD Lobbies partially open for cooling starting Tuesday, September 8, through Friday September 11, from 1 pm to 5 pm:

  • 4545 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch
  • 1305 Macdonald Ave, Richmond
  • 400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill

Please note that during the COVID-19 shelter in place, EHSD’s regular programs and services are NOT available at these offices.Social distancing and face covering requirements are in place at the above locations. Capacity may be limited in order to comply with County health orders. Community members should  NOT go to any of these places to cool off if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or been ordered to quarantine.  All visitors to EHSD offices will be asked screening questions before they can enter the buildings.

Places to Cool in Antioch, Concord, and Martinez. Please check with the cities below or call the locations to make sure of their hours of operation.

  • Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F Street, Antioch. Open Saturday, September 5, through Tuesday, September 8, from 12 noon to 6 pm.
  • Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord. (925) 671-3320.
  • Martinez Senior Center, 818 Green Street, Martinez. (925) 370-8770.

TIPS TO PREVENT heat-related symptoms: 

  • Drink water. Sip all day; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages, sugary soft drinks, and full-strength fruit juices.
  • Limit physical activity and wear a hat outside, preferably with a wide brim.
  • Keep shades drawn, and blinds closed, but windows should be slightly open.
  • Open windows to cooling breezes in the evening.

See Beat the Heat Tips (PDF).


  • Pre-cool your home overnight or early morning to 72 degrees
  • Keep A/C at 78 degrees during peak hours
  • Keep your shades closed
  • Avoid the use of major appliances during peak hours
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights and unplug unnecessary electronics

Please conserve energy during peak times. See more Conservation Tips. See PG&E website to update your contact information for notification of outages.

You can Prepare For A Power Outage (PDF) or in Spanish Preparándose Para Un Apagón (PDF)

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