Don’t Sweat This Summer: Cool Zones Are Available Countywide

Don’t Sweat This Summer: Cool Zones Are Available Countywide

Although the weather is still cool due to May Gray, like clockwork, hot summer days are ahead. But rest assured because San Diego County is prepared to provide cool shelters during hot days.

Today, during the county’s annual Cool Zone kick-off, Scott Crider, our vice president of customer services, joined county officials to raise awareness of designated sites countywide that are open now through October 31 for anyone to use to escape the heat.

SDG&E has taken an active part in the Cool Zone Program each year since its inception in 2001 to help ensure the most vulnerable populations, such as seniors, the elderly, and people with special needs, have a place to go to beat the summer heat.

What is a Cool Zone?

More than a hundred facilities throughout our region - libraries, recreation centers and senior centers that have air conditioning – have been designated as Cool Zones. By taking advantage of the air conditioning available in these Cool Zones, residents can reduce their individual energy usage and lower their electric bill.

Twenty years ago, Supervisor Dianne Jacob created the Cool Zone program out of concern for seniors and disabled persons with health problems that could be complicated by extreme heat. It was a natural fit for us to partner with Supervisor Jacob to support a program that enhances the safety and the comfort of our customers.

After experiencing the hottest summer on record last year, it’s more important than ever that the elderly in our community have the resources and information to find a spot to stay cool when temperatures rise.

How to Find a Cool Zone Near You

You can find a the Cool Zone site nearest you by clicking here to view an interactive map. Click here to view a PDF list with phone numbers of all participating sites in San Diego County.

Additional Tips to Beat the Heat

  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not being used, stay on the lowest floor. Keep shades down and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
  • Go to a Cool Zone site on hot days.
  • Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help sweat evaporate, which cools your body.
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's heat.
  • Drink more fluids than usual even if you do not feel thirsty.