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Sunnyvale library offers cooling center respite

With Sunnyvale temperatures predicted to hit 95 degrees Saturday, the city’s health department is offering the library as a cooling center and also sharing tips on how to beat the heat.

The health department said in an announcement:

“If you need a place to chill out and read some books, head on over to 665 West Olive Ave.”

The Sunnyvale Public Library will be available as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The health department offered guidance on how to stay safe during a heat wave. First and foremost, it’s important to drink water. Avoid alcohol, caffeine or lots of sugar, “because they will speed up fluid loss,” according to the health department.

It’s wise to limit physical activity. Stay sedentary during the hottest portion of the day, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Another tip vigorously endorsed by organizations including the SPCA: Never leave pets in hot cars. Doing so can be deadly – and the same applies to children and vulnerable adults.

Run the air conditioner if possible, and if there’s no AC, another way to cool off is by taking a bath or shower.

Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing can help you keep cool. Cotton clothes are good because they let sweat evaporate.

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