Take Precautions Against Hot Temps June 15-23, 2017

Posted on June 14, 2017 in

PASADENA, Calif.—It’s HOT out there Pasadena!  Weather officials predict high-90s or even triple-digit heat for parts of Southern California  now through the end of next week, June 23.  The City wishes to remind everyone to take precautions against the heat and stay connected to the City for any alerts and updates.

Weather, Red Flag and fire conditions can change rapidly with high heat.  Stay in touch on Twitter with both the National Weather Service – Los Angeles @NWSLosAngeles, www.twitter.com/NWSLosAngeles and the Pasadena Fire Department, @PasadenaFD, www.twitter.com/PasadenaFD for immediate updates.

Also make sure you follow the City’s main Twitter account, @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/PasadenaGov for updates too.

Remember, if you are outdoors in the sun and heat—take it easy!  Especially this Father’s Day Weekend, you have lots of reasons to be outdoors in Beautiful Pasadena with the 25th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival and the Pasadena Police Department Classic Car Show, both at Paseo Colorado, and the City’s big “Juneteenth Festival” on June 17, noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

So, drink plenty of water or other nutritious fluids before you get thirsty; use sunscreen; wear light clothing; wear a brimmed hat; seek shade when you can.

NEVER, EVER, leave anyone in your car—including pets or people.  Keep pets indoors, or if that is not possible, make sure they have shade and access to plenty of water too.

Area vegetation and brush remains extremely dry.  All of the rains this season means there is a lot of extra growth and fuel too.  Pasadena Fire Department Officials urge extra care when using landscaping equipment as sparks from such equipment or vehicles can ignite brush fires.  Remember to discard cigars, cigarettes and other smoking devices properly; use extra caution with barbecues—always have someone watching the barbecue and the swimming pool when in use.

Bookmark and check the City’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net for updates on changing conditions.  Also, tune into KPAS, the City’s government TV channel, brought to you by Pasadena Media, streaming online at www.pasadenamedia.tv and the City’s website at www.cityofpasadena.net/Media and on Channel 3 for Charter cable TV subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers.

Pasadena residents and businesses with any power emergencies should call Pasadena Water and Power Department at (626) 744-4673.  For water-related emergencies, call (626) 744-4138.  Visit www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/CAISO_Outages/ for “Flex Alerts” and sign up for PWP’s Outage Management System to get up-to-date alerts on your phone and by email regarding any power outages by visiting www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/OMS/.

Depending on weather conditions and the community’s ability to conserve energy, anticipated cutbacks on natural gas supplies could lead to rolling blackouts this summer.  Learn more at www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/rollingblackouts/.

Air Quality updates can be found at: http://www3.aqmd.gov/webappl/gisaqi2/home.aspx.

For life-threatening emergencies always remember to dial 9-1-1.  Remain calm while on the phone.  Be prepared to give operators your name and location and an accurate description of the nature of your call.

For other suspicious activities, if you see something, say something, by calling Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241.

Pasadena Public Safety and Health Officials also offer the following reminders and precautions during hot weather:

  • Weather updates can be found online at www.weather.gov/losangeles or by following the NWS Twitter account noted above.
  • If possible, stay indoors in an air conditioned environment, especially the young and the elderly.  If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going to an enclosed shopping mall, a public library or a designated cooling center.
  • Remember to check on your neighbors, family and friends—especially the elderly—to make sure they are OK.  Take them extra water or a cool beverage.
  • Never leave anyone unattended in closed vehicles, including pets!  For more pet care tips visit www.pasadenahumane.org  Remember, if you do leave pets unattended in your vehicles, it is now lawful for persons to forcibly open your car to rescue them! 
  • Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to stay.
  • Keep air conditioners set to about 78 degrees.
  • Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat. Use energy efficient fans as alternative.
  • Use major appliances in early morning or after 7 p.m., when energy demand is lower.
  • Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use.
  • Set refrigerator to 37 degrees, clean coils regularly & unplug unused secondary fridges.

If your work or recreation plans mean you must be outdoors, please consider the following:

  • Air quality can easily degrade during hot weather.  If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, minimize outdoor activity to reduce heat-related illness.
  • Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.
  • Wear light and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Drink water often.  Do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid, reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise, whether outside or in a non-air conditioned building, especially during peak heat hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen!


The Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org, is the only pre-designated Cooling Center in the City of Pasadena.  The Senior Center’s regular hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday.  To confirm hours, calls the center at: (626) 795-4331, or by email to info@pasadenaseniorcenter.org.  Hours would only be extended if there is an officially declared heat emergency.

Visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov to find other designated cooling centers throughout Los Angeles County.


Pasadena-area public swimming pools operated by the City opened June 5 for the summer season and will close Aug. 4, 2017.  Open/recreation swim fees are $1 for children, teens under 18 and seniors $1, and $2.50 for adults.  All minors under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

 Blair High School Pool, 1201 S. Marengo Ave., (626) 585-2027

Monday–Friday, 1–3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12–3 p.m. & Sunday, 12–3 p.m.

Open/recreation swim is available 1-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday only; other times reserved for classes and organized activities.

 Muir High School Pool, 1905 Lincoln Ave. (626) 744-7300

Monday-Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Saturday & Sunday Closed

Open/recreational swim only.

Villa-Parke Pool, 363 E. Villa St. (626) 585-2026

Monday–Friday 1–4 p.m., Saturday 12–3 p.m. Sunday Closed

Open/recreation swim is available 1-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday only; other times reserved for classes and organized activities.

To sign up for swimming lessons or organized swim activities, go to www.cityofpasadena.net/HumanServices for registration and information.

The Splash Pad

The Splash Pad is a free recreational water play element at La Pintoresca Park, 45 E. Washington Blvd., that operates on a push-button timer from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.









The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, 360 N Arroyo Blvd, down near the Rose Bowl Stadium, also offers a variety of fee-based lap and family swimming opportunities, plus organized swimming and competitive swim activities. Go to www.rosebowlaquatics.com or call (626) 356-7572 for more information.


While not official Cooling Centers, the Pasadena Public Library, www.cityofpasadena.net/Library and other local area public libraries offer an enjoyable, air-conditioned respite from the heat and are, of course, a great place to catch up on your reading too!  Pasadena Public Library locations and hours are noted below.

Hours for the public library and all other facilities listed below are subject to change, and may not be accurately reflected on this list, so please call first if you want to go there.

 Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, (626) 744-4066.  Open 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Branch hours are as follows:

  • Allendale Branch, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., (626) 744-7260, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Hill Avenue Branch, 55 S. Hill Ave., (626) 744-7264, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Lamanda Park Branch, 140 S. Altadena Dr., (626) 744-7266, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Linda Vista Branch, 1281 Bryant St., (626) 744-7278, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • San Rafael Branch, 1240 Nithsdale Road, (626) 744-7270, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Santa Catalina Branch, 999 E. Washington Blvd., (626) 744-7272, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Friday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • La Pintoresca Branch, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., (626) 744-7268, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Villa-Parke Branch, 363 E. Villa St., (626) 744-6510, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Hastings Branch, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. (626) 744-7262, Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday; 1 – 5 p.m.



Pasadena’s Recreation Centers also provide air conditioned environments at:

  • Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Closed until further notice for renovation.
  • Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St., Monday-Friday, closed to general public due to programmed activities; open Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Closed Sunday.
  • Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.  Closed Sunday.


A trip to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, 300 E. Green St., is also a good way to beat the heat.  Call (626) 578-0800; visit www.skatepasadena.com or email to pisc@skatepasadena.com.


Be sure to stay connected to the City of Pasadena for local news and information from the City, especially during emergencies and other alerts.  Here are ways to stay connected to the City of Pasadena:

In addition to the main website homepage, www.cityofpasadena.net, you can follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and (Like Us) on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena.

The Citizen Service Center is open to take your calls, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311.

The City of Pasadena uses the following Twitter accounts to send out alerts, including the following online pages and mobile handles:

www.twitter.com/PasadenaGov, @PasadenaGov

www.twitter.com/PasadenaFD, @PasadenaFD

www.twitter.com/PWPnews, @PWPnews

www.twitter.com/PasadenaPD, @PasadenaPD

Pasadena officials also urge all residents to sign up today for emergency alerts and other information from the City by joining the City’s Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System, or PLEAS.

PLEAS uses both text and voice messages to keep residents and community members in Pasadena informed in case of citywide or major emergencies.  Phone subscribers will receive a message with the latest information and safety instructions—that must be listened to in its entirety or the system will call you back. 

Go to www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire/PLEAS/ to register today.

During emergencies, the City also will use its government cable access TV station, KPAS, to help broadcast emergency information.  Charter cable subscribers see KPAS on Channel 3 and AT&T U-verse subscriber can watch KPAS on Channel 99.

KPAS is also streamed online at the City’s website and at www.pasadenamedia.tv

The City will also send out “Nixle” alerts to those who have established a free account at www.nixle.com and identified the Pasadena zip codes that they wish to receive alerts for those areas.


FEMA: www.fema.gov  /  www.ready.gov  /  www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

National Weather Service, weather updates for the region, www.weather.gov/losangeles

American Red Cross, www.redcross.org

For pet care tips visit www.pasadenahumane.org.


In the event of a major disaster, widespread power outage or other emergency, use your battery-operated radio to stay tuned to local major news radio stations, use the website addresses below or follow them on social media, including

KNX 1070 AM Radio: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/

KFI 640 AM: http://www.kfiam640.com/

KPCC 89.3 (NPR affiliate): http://www.scpr.org/

KTNQ 1020 AM Radio (Spanish news): http://univisionamerica.univision.com/