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Beat the Heat with Cool Zones, Now Open

Cool down and conserve energy in one of more than 100 sites 

The Polar Bear Cool Zone Logo.

ummertime means temperatures throughout San Diego County will hit triple digits. To help seniors, people with disabilities and the general public escape the summer heat, the annual County Cool Zones program opened on June 15 and will run through Oct. 31.

The program offers 24 Cool Zone locations in the Fourth Supervisorial District and more than 100 county-wide.

The Cool Zones are operated by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency Aging & Independence Services in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric. The program is in its 14th year. The shared, air-conditioned settings also help conserve energy use by bringing those in need of relief from the heat to central locations.

The Cool Zone program was born from a concern that seniors and disabled persons with health problems could suffer dangerous health consequences during long periods of exposure to excessive heat. To provide nearby respites, Cool Zone sites have been established in public buildings across the county. The respites can be identified by a Polar Bear Cool Zone Logo.

To locate the Cool Zone site nearest you, click here to view an interactive map with location information or click here for a list of the 24 Cool Zone sites located in the Fourth Supervisorial District. For more information about Cool Zones, please call (800) 510-2020 and press "6.”














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