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Posted on: August 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Cool Zone Locations & Hot Weather Safety Tips

two cool zones in Poway

Poway has two designated Cool Zone locations if you need to escape the heat. The Cool Zones program is an established network of sites for older adults, persons with disabilities, or anyone looking to escape the extreme heat during the summer. Cool Zones are free, located throughout San Diego County, and a way for residents to lower individual utility usage and help conserve energy for the whole community.

The lounge at the Mickey Cafagna Community Center in Community Park is open for all to use, and has drop-in games and bring-your-own craft sessions as part of the community center's Older Adult activities. The Poway Community Library is also designated a Cool Zone in this program managed by the County's Aging & Independence Services in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric.

For information about Cool Zones visit

Hiking in the Heat

As the temperature soars, so does the number of heat-related incidents. Poway has more than 78 miles of trails, making it a popular hiking destination and providing a summer full of explorations around our city. Whether it’s strolling along an urban trail along a creek or tackling the rising elevation at of Mt. Woodson, hikers need to be prepared.

Heat-related illnesses are the body’s response to being dehydrated and overheated. They are serious medical emergencies that can quickly result in death. Heat exhaustion occurs from dehydration if water isn’t replaced quickly. Symptoms include headache, nausea, decreased sweating and urination, dizziness, headache, impaired judgement, loss of coordination and muscle cramps. Left untreated, the condition rapidly deteriorates into life-threatening heat stroke.

“The most important things hikers can do to prevent heat-related illness are to be well-hydrated, have extra water and know their physical capacity,” said Poway Fire Chief Jeff Chumbley. 

Read full article, including tips for keeping your pets safe.

Stay Safe During a Heat Wave

Below are resources to keep you safe during a heat wave. 

Quick Guide to Safety Before, During and After Extreme Heat (Cal OES)

When temperatures are very high, make sure to: stay hydrated (don't wait until you're thirsty to drink); wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat outdoors; wear sunscreen and avoid too much sun.

Stay Safe in Extreme Heat (Cal OES/Listos California)

Watch for signs of heat illness; keep cool; look out for others.


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