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Posted on: June 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Places to Cool Off & Heat Safety Tips

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The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory and Warning for the rest of this week through Friday, June 18, 2021.

See locations in Contra Costa County to cool off during high heat this week. According to state guidelines, masks are required for everyone in cooling centers. 

County Employment & Human Services Locations 

See EHSD Places to Cool (PDF) and Places to Cool in Spanish (PDF). EHSD offices below are open as cooling centers Wednesday-Friday, June 16-18, from 8 AM to 5 PM:

Antioch                       4545 Delta Fair Blvd.
Hercules                     151 Linus Pauling
Martinez                     40 Douglas Drive
Pleasant Hill              400 Ellinwood Way
Richmond                  1305 Macdonald

Contra Costa County Libraries

See 19 library locations available as cooling centers. Visit for addresses and hours of operation, or call 1-800-984-4636 for assistance.

Antioch, Prewett in Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pittsburg, San Pablo, Dougherty Station in San Ramon, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. 

County Health Centers

Pittsburg Health Center, 2311 Loveridge Road (front lobby)
Wednesday, Thursday 7:45 AM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Saturday 7:45 AM to 4:45 PM

West County Health Center, 13601 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo (front lobby)
Wednesday, Thursday 7:45 AM to 8:45 PM
Friday, Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM

Additional Cooling Locations in Contra Costa County
Call first to confirm hours, space, and health protocols.

Antioch Senior Center, 415 W. 2nd Street
Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way
Both locations open Wed.-Fri., June 16-18, from 12 PM to 6 PM

Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street (925) 516-5444
Open Wed.-Fri., June 16-18, 12 PM to 7 PM

Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle   (925) 671-3320

Martinez Senior Center, 818 Green Street   (925) 370-8770

Oakley Recreation Center Studio, 1250 O'Hara Ave (925) 625-7041
Open Wed.-Fri., June 16-18, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Call to verify if space is available.

Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane (925) 252-4890
Open Thurs., June 17, from 11 AM to 6 PM

TIPS TO PREVENT heat-related symptoms: 

  • Drink water. Sip all day; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Do not leave children or pets in vehicles.
  • 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 Cooling Tips to Survive Summer Heat (PDF).

High temperatures can cause serious health problems. See Contra Costa Health Services information on Heat and Your Health.

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