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Surviving the Heat Wave

In response to the sweltering summer temperatures, the City of Downey has opened cooling stations throughout the City to ensure residents have a safe place to stay cool. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of these cooling stations if needed. The following cooling stations have been made available:


Downey City Library – (562) 904-7360

11121 Brookshire Ave

Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm

Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm


Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center – (562) 904-7223

7810 Quill Drive

Monday & Friday 8am-6pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-9pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 2pm-7pm


Columbia Memorial Space Center (Community Room) – (562) 231-1200

12400 Columbia Way

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm


Depending on weather conditions, cooling stations may also be open next week.

Residents are urged to take the following precautions during the hot weather:

Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible, especially during

peak hours

Avoid unnecessary sun exposure

Drink plenty of water

Dress in loose-fitting, light-weight and light-colored clothes that cover as

much skin as possible

An early sign of heat-related illnesses is diminished judgment. The use of the

buddy system is important in all situations. Check on seniors frequently.

Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles

Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade, be careful to not over exercise

them, and keep them indoors when it is extremely hot

If it is a life threatening condition, please go to the nearest hospital or dial 911