Extremely hot weather can result in heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, heat rash, and in some instances death. Please take safety measures to stay safe and lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors. If you know of a vulnerable person without air conditioning, such as an elderly or infirm neighbor or someone with a drug or alcohol disorder or severe mental illness, please help them get to an air conditioned space between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. If you see someone on the street who may be having a life-threatening reaction to the heat, please call 911. Thank you for doing your part to keep people safe during a heat crisis.
Cooling Centers in Santa Clara County
City of Cupertino
Thursday, Oct. 15 - Friday, Oct. 16 from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cupertino Senior Center
21251 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
City of Milpitas
Thursday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 16 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Milpitas Senior Center
40 N. Milpitas Boulevard
Milpitas, CA 95035
City of Mountain View
Tuesday, Oct. 13 – Saturday, Oct. 17 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
201 South Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040
Thursday, Oct. 15 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Santa Clara Senior Center
1303 Fremont St. (at Monroe)
Santa Clara, CA 95050
City of San Jose
Thursday, Oct. 15 – Friday, Oct. 16 from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave.
San Jose, CA 95124
Thursday, Oct. 15 - Friday, Oct. 16 from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Vietnamese American Cultural Center
2072 Lucretia Ave.
San Jose, CA 95122
Friday, Oct. 16 from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
491 E. Empire St.
San Jose, CA 95112
City of Sunnyvale
Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Murphy Park Building
260 N Sunnyvale Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
The following County Public Health Department social distancing guidelines will be enforced for cooling centers:
- Do not enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, diarrhea, headache, muscle aches, shortness of breath, unexplained loss of taste or smell
- Face covering is required (exception of children 6 years and under or if medically unadvisable)
- Maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from others at all times
Hot Weather Safety Information
Keep cool and safe with these hot weather tips from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department:
Hot Weather Safety Tips
- Drink plenty of water: Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine or lots of sugar because they will speed up fluid loss.
- Limit physical activity: Avoid physical activity during the hottest time of the day—10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Never leave people or pets in a closed, parked car.
- Stay in air-conditioned areas, whenever possible.
- Cool off by taking a bath or shower: Cool, plain water baths or moist towels work best. Do not cool children in alcohol baths.
- Wear cool clothing: Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing can help you keep cool. Cotton clothes are good because they let sweat evaporate.
- Do not bundle babies: Babies do not handle heat well because their sweat glands are not fully developed. Do not put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
- Cover your head: Wear a wide-brimmed, vented hat or use an umbrella when outdoors because your head absorbs heat easily.
- Wear sunglasses and sunscreen: Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when outdoors.
- Rest often in shady areas: Find shady places to cool down when outdoors.
- Check on frail or elderly family, friends, or neighbors often.
Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:
- During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area, whenever possible.
- Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
- Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.
Infants and Children:
- It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
- Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
- Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
- Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing.