People can find relief from the heat at cooling zones across Tracy as temperatures climb into the triple digits this summer.
The air-conditioned Tracy Branch Library, Tracy Transit Station, Larch-Clover Community Center and West Valley Mall will serve as designated cooling zones during their normal business hours.
Rides on the city’s Tracer buses are free on the fixed routes whenever the forecast is 100 degrees or higher. Route maps and schedules can be found at www.ridetracer.com.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that being out in such heat even for short periods can cause serious health problems. Doing too much on a hot day, spending too much time in the sun, or staying inside an overheated space — such as a parked car — for too long can cause heat-related illness.
About 20 people in California die each year from heat-related emergencies, according to the California Office of Emergency Services. Adults older than 65, children younger than 4 and people with other medical conditions are most at risk in extreme heat.
Some tips to stay safe in the heat:
• Never leave infants, children, elderly people or pets unattended in a parked car.
• Drink plenty of fluids and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Avoid hot food and heavy meals.
• Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and use a hat or sunscreen as needed.
• During the hottest part of the day, keep physical activity to a minimum and stay in an air-conditioned place.
• If you don’t have air conditioning, use cool compresses, misting, and cold showers and baths to stay cool. When it’s hotter than 90 degrees, an electric fan will not prevent heat-related illnesses.