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Cooling centers to offer refuge during heat wave

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The Sacramento Fire Department shares tips on staying safe and healthy as the mercury skyrockets.
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The Sacramento Fire Department shares tips on staying safe and healthy as the mercury skyrockets.

With several days of temperatures in the triple digits forecast, communities in the Sacramento area announced Friday that they will open cooling centers where people can seek refuge from the heat.

The city and county of Sacarmento will jointly open a midtown cooling center, starting Saturday, at the Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St. It will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. daily until at least Wednesday, according to a city news release. The Parks and Recreation Department is calling on volunteers to assist in staffing the center.

Other cooling stations will be operated by nonprofit organizations. A list of those sites is available online, http://sacb.ee/a6R7, or by calling 211 within the city of Sacramento, or 800-500-4931.

The city of Citrus Heights announced that the Senior Center in the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive, will be open as a cooling center from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Water, television and free internet will be available.

Rancho Cordova City Hall will serve as a cooling center from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Signs will direct people to the cooling center room, where complimentary water and snacks will be provided. Movies also will be available for viewing. The city noted that pets cannot be accommodated at City Hall, although service animals will be allowed.

Rancho Cordova residents who are particularly vulnerable to the heat and who do not have transportation are encouraged to call the city at 916-851-8710.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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