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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 Warning through Sunday night. 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 permits), 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 Health Centers

Pittsburg Health Center, 2311 Loveridge Road (front lobby)
Saturday 7:45 am to 4:45 pm

West County Health Center, 13601 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo (front lobby)
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 Saturday and Sunday, from 12 pm to 5 pm 

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

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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