With temperatures reaching triple digits over the weekend, residents are asked to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. As a result of the high temperatures, the City will activate two cooling centers in the City. The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center and the Mission Viejo Library are currently open as places that residents can go to beat the heat. The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center is located at 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo and is open this weekend on Saturday, from 8:00am to 11:00pm, and on Sunday, from 12:00pm – 8:00pm. The Mission Viejo Library is located at 100 Civic Center, Mission Viejo and is open this weekend on Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and on Sunday from 12:00pm to 5pm.
The City of Mission Viejo recommends residents follow these tips during times of excessive heat:
Tips to Prevent Heat Related Illness
- Never leave infants, children or the frail elderly unattended in a parked car.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
- Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Use a hat and sunscreen as needed.
- Drink fruit juice or a sports beverage to replace salts and minerals lost during heavy sweating. (If a client/resident is on a low-sodium diet, check with his/her physician first.)
- During the hottest parts of the day, keep physical activities to a minimum and stay indoors in air-conditioning and out of the sun.
- Use fans as needed.
- Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate when appropriate.
- Use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths.
- Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to the body. Eat frozen treats.