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Posted on: September 4, 2020

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

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The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Bay Area over the Labor Day Holiday weekend. The Excessive Heat warning starts Saturday, September 5, at 11 am through Monday, September 7, at 9 pm. Please conserve energy during peak hours, from 3 pm to 9 pm, if possible. See below, beat the heat tips and energy conservation tips.

Places to Cool From the Heat:

Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, and Martinez all have places to cool from the heat.

  • Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F Street, Antioch. Open Saturday, September 5, through Tuesday, September 8, from 12 noon to 6 pm.
  • Antioch Water Park, 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Open Saturday, September 5, through Monday, September 7, from 11 am to 6 pm for family swimming sessions. Advanced reservations are required. Call (925) 776-3070 for more information.
  • Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street, Brentwood. Open Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7, from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord. Call before visiting to confirm if open and hours of operation at (925) 671-3320.
  • Martinez Senior Center, 818 Green Street, Martinez. Call before visiting to confirm if open and hours of operation at (925) 370-8770.

The County’s Employment and Human Services Department has two offices available as “places to cool” on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Please note that during the COVID-19 shelter in place, EHSD’s regular programs and services are NOT currently available at these offices.

Open Tuesday, September 8, 2020, from 1 pm to 5 pm:

  • 4545 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch
  • 400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill

Social distancing and face-covering requirements are in place at all locations. Capacity may be limited to comply with County health orders. Community members should NOT go to any of these places to cool off if they have been exposed to or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been ordered to quarantine. All visitors to EHSD offices will be asked screening questions before they can enter the buildings.

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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