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Heat-Beating Tips to Save Your Summer

Saving Money, Staying Safe, and Making the Most of SoCal's Sunshine

Glendale, CA – Summers are HOT in Southern California. Beat the heat with these tips to stay safe, save money, and make the most of California's sunshine.

Stay Safe

Priority number one, especially on a hot day, is staying safe – no one wants to end their day in the sun with a trip to the ER.

Instead, chill out with these 10 tips from the American Red Cross:

  1. Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

  3. Avoid extreme temperature changes.

  4. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

  5. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

  6. Postpone outdoor games and activities.

  7. Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

  8. Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

  9. Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

  10. Know what to do in an emergency. Click here to learn how to treat heat-related illnesses.

  11. Check out our list of cooling stations and their hours below.

Save Money & Power

Extreme heat isn’t just dangerous for our health; it's dangerous for our wallets and electrical systems too!

Air conditioners and other major appliances are massive energy consumers, and overusing them can lead to big jumps in electricity bills. Their overuse also strains the equipment that powers our homes, which often leads to power outages. And without electricity to power our fans and refrigerators, things get very sticky, very fast.

Let’s all protect the health of our wallets and power systems by following these simple and effective conservation measures:

  • Apply for a free shade tree from the City of Glendale. Properly planted shade trees can help residents save 10%-50% in air conditioning costs. Learn more here.

  • Use a ceiling fan instead of the AC whenever possible.

  • If you do use an air conditioner, set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher

  • Put off the use of major appliances until after 9:00 p.m.

  • Close all curtains and blinds to keep out direct sunlight.

  • Make sure all HVAC vents are clean and filters have been replaced.

  • Turn off lights in rooms that are not in use.

  • Use LED light bulbs wherever possible since they don’t give off heat.

  • Check weather stripping on doors and windows so cool air doesn’t escape.

  • Air or towel dry dishes.

  • Keep refrigerators full; a full fridge uses less energy.

  • Unplug “energy vampires” - cell phone chargers, microwave ovens, and other appliances that use energy even when turned off or in sleep mode. Especially those appliances with digital clocks.

For more energy conservation tips, visit

Have Fun!

Looking past the dangers, SoCal summers are beautiful times to relax, make friends, and see the best of Glendale. Whether you're joining in on one of our Summer Leisure Guide's events, or cooling off at one of our community centers, the City has something for everyone to enjoy.


Cooling Stations: Locations and Hours

Adult Recreation Center 201 E. Colorado (818) 548-3775 Friday, September 1: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 2: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 3: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Facility Features:

  • Multi-Use rooms that provide space for meetings, lectures, classes, luncheons, parties, weddings and other special events.

  • Upper Courtyard with seating and fireplace.

  • Lower Courtyard enclosed for security, with 14 tables, chairs, umbrellas and benches.

  • An exercise room equipped with state of the art weight machines, two treadmills, two elliptical machines, and two seated bicycles that have a USB connector, iPod audio and video playback, and cable television.

  • The lounge with DVD and 42 inch flat panel TV.

  • The billiards room featuring 4 regulation size tables, a dart board, and a shuffle board.

  • Three table tennis tables.

  • A pickle ball court.

  • Passive green space with walking paths with tables and chairs.

Sparr Heights Community Center 1613 Glencoe Way (818) 548-2187

Friday, September 1: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Saturday, September 2: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 3: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Facility Features:

  • Meeting Rooms are conducive to company meetings, classes, small parties, lectures, tutorials, and special events.

  • The center hosts a variety of senior programs and services. These include: health services, nutrition education, social services, leisure activities, classes and special events.

  • A game room complete with pool tables and game tables.

  • The community center provides a variety of center-based special events and classes throughout the year for the surrounding community. Each opportunity provides fun and safe activities for people of all ages.

Pacific Community Center 501 S. Pacific Ave (818) 548-4098

Friday, September 1: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 2: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 3: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Facility Features:

  • Indoor facilities include a multi-purpose gymnasium, computer lab, arts and science room, game room, conference room, and a variety of meeting rooms.

  • A recreation room that houses two billiards tables, a table tennis table, and a foosball table.

  • Park facilities include a little league ball field, group picnic area, multi-purpose field, multi-purpose court, children's playground, and a water-play area.


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