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Tracy officials urge community to keep cool
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Tracy officials urge community to keep cool

TRACY - Tracy residents are urged to stay cool during this hot weather by utilizing public facilities such as the mall, library, and Tracy Transit Center during normal operating hours. Public facilities act as cooling centers when temperatures reach 95 degrees and above for two consecutive days.

Additionally, the city has partnered with General Growth Properties in encouraging residents to cool down at the West Valley Mall. The Mall is a great place to beat the heat, where you can shop, eat and/or take in a movie with the family while waiting for the temperature to decrease. West Valley Mall is located at 3200 North Naglee Road. The hours of operation are, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

TRACER, the public transportation system has routes to most public facilities throughout the City and is offering free rides on the fixed route on the days the temperatures is forecasted to reach 95 degrees and above. For fixed route information and schedules, residents can call 209-831-4BUS.

Also, please be aware of heat related illness. Signs and symptoms of heat related illness may vary but can include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. To prevent illness follow the safety guidelines below provided by the California Office of Emergency Services:

• Children up to age 4, people taking certain medications, persons with disabilities, and seniors age 65 and over are particularly less able to cope with hotter weather and should be monitored throughout the day for signs of heat-related illness.

• Drink more fluids —especially water. Your body needs water for many crucial functions and dehydration can lead to serious health effects.

• Wear lightweight and comfortable clothing—if you’re planning to be outdoors—avoid the hottest parts of the day by scheduling activities during cooler hours (generally mornings and evenings). Also be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen because sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself.

• Don’t over exert. Stay cool indoors by turning on an air conditioner or evaporative cooling system. If you don’t have access to air conditioned space at home, please visit a local shopping mall, senior center, public library, community center, or other facility that is open to the public.

• Do not rely only on electric fans during a heat wave. When the temperature is in the 90s or above, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is a better way to beat the heat and keep body temperatures a safer levels.

• Use common sense. Avoid hot meals and heavy, spicy foods when the weather gets hot. Eat smaller meals more often.

• Never leave infants, children, or pets unattended in your vehicle, not even for a moment.

• If you, or someone you know, may be at risk for heat-related illness, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.

• And call 911 in the event of a true health emergency

For more information, please visit www.dhs.ca.gov for comprehensive guidelines about staying healthy in hot weather or call the Tracy Fire Department at (209) 831-6700.

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