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Posted on: July 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Places to Cool and Heat Safety Tips

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The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch through Sunday. 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.

Conserve energy today from 4 pm to 9 pm: Set your thermostats to 78 degrees (if your health permit), avoid using major appliances, and turn off unnecessary lights.

Contra Costa County Libraries

See 20 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, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Pablo, Dougherty Station in San Ramon, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek Library locations.

County Employment & Human Services Locations

EHSD offices are open Thursday and Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. 

Antioch4545 Delta Fair Blvd.
151 Linus Pauling
40 Douglas Drive
Pleasant Hill
400 Ellinwood Way
1305 Macdonald

Water and face coverings will be available. Each office will also provide access to charging station kiosks in the public lobbies. Community members and staff who are inside or in close proximity to an EHSD cooling center must wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status. Community members should NOT go to EHSD offices if exposed to or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

County Health Centers

Pittsburg Health Center, 2311 Loveridge Road (front lobby)
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)
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. 

Antioch Senior Center, 415 W. 2nd Street, Antioch (925) 778-1158
Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch (925) 776-3050
Open Thursday to Sunday, from 12 pm to 5 pm. 

Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street, Brentwood (925) 516-5444
Open Thursday and Friday, from 8:30 am to 7 pm. Open tentatively Saturday and Sunday, from 1 pm to 7 pm (call to confirm)

Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane, Pittsburg 925-252-4890
Open Saturday and Sunday, from 12 pm 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). Vea Consejos para sobrevivir el calor (PDF).

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

You can also go to locations in the Bay Area with cooler temperatures or other locations with air conditioning. If you plan to visit the beach, exercise caution as there may be riptides.

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