August 29, 2022 4:21 p.m.

by Lindsay B. Call

When the June Gloom fog lifts, it’s time for Santa Monica residents to prepare for the summer sun and rising temperatures. Extreme heat (two or three days of high heat with temperatures of 90 degrees) can occur – during these events the body has to work harder to maintain a normal temperature. Make sure you’re prepared and work with your neighbors to make sure everyone stays healthy when temperatures soar.

Tips for staying cool during the Santa Monica summer months:


✔️ Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid drinks containing caffeine and alcohol.

✔️ Never leave children, pets or adults alone in closed vehicles

  • The temperature inside a parked vehicle can quickly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.

✔️ Stay indoors as much as possible and limit sun exposure

  • Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest times of the day, which are usually 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Bring pets inside or outside, make sure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh water. Dark pavement can be very hot for your pet’s feet.
  • Move outdoor activities to cooler times of the day.
  • If you are outdoors, take frequent breaks, find shade, wear light clothing and a hat, and use sunscreen.

✔️ Take steps to prepare your home if you don’t have air conditioning

  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with curtains, blinds or awnings. Consider making temporary window reflectors, such as cardboard covered with aluminum foil, to place between windows and curtains.
  • Consider purchasing a window air conditioner and insulation before a heat wave begins. Use attic fans to exhaust heat from your home. If temperatures are above 95 degrees outside, do not use electric fans as they may increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.
  • Taking a cool bath and staying hydrated can help keep you cool when temperatures rise indoors.

✔️ Check family, friends and neighbors

  • Know the Signs and symptoms heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps.
  • Monitor children, the elderly, pets and athletes, who are more vulnerable to extreme heat, to make sure they don’t show signs of heat-related illness.
  • Watch for loved ones or neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who may need assistance during an episode of oppressive heat. If your home has air conditioning, invite them in during the hottest hours of the day.

✔️ Find places in the community to stay cool

  • that of Santa Monica public library are perfect for catching up on reading while escaping the high temperatures. The library’s new extended hours provide a cool place to escape the heat Monday through Saturday.
  • Cool off in one of the city’s many wading pools (at Annenberg Community Beach House, Virginia Avenue Park, and Tongva Park) or swimming pools!
  • All Big Blue Bus vehicles are equipped with air conditioning and provide easy transportation in a cool environment.
  • For standard bus routes, the regular fare for a single ride is only $1.10 and only $0.50 for seniors or disabled with ID. For travel planning assistance, please visit www.bigbluebus.com or call 310-451-5444.
  • Santa Monica’s MODE service provides curb-to-curb transportation to Santa Monica residents over 65 and residents with disabilities over 18 for $0.75 to $1.50. Transportation Find out more about www.bigbluebus.com/mode or by calling WISE & Healthy Aging at 310-394-9871.

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Written by

Call from Lindsay B.
Director of Resilience