Placer Foothills libraries open with extended hours over excessively hot weekend

Published on July 8, 2021

With high temperatures forecast throughout the weekend, Placer County’s Auburn, Colfax and Foresthill libraries will operate with extended hours to offer residents a place to cool off through Sunday.

Libraries will remain open as needed, and if temperatures are consistent with forecasts, at the following times: 

Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10:
Auburn Library: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Colfax Library: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Foresthill Library: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 11: 
The Auburn Library, normally closed Sunday, will operate from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

The City of Roseville’s downtown library will also have expanded hours through Sunday. Visit their website for more information. 

The county’s Public Health Division and Office of Emergency Services are monitoring the weather closely. Residents are encouraged to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and seek out air-conditioned spaces. 

Excessive heat poses dangers, especially to young children, older adults, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases or disabilities and people who are socially isolated. Residents are encouraged to take proactive measures to prevent heat-related illness: 

·         Stay hydrated by regularly drinking water or other nonalcoholic beverages
·         Use home air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries
·         Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms and draw in cooler air
·         Take cool baths or showers or use cool compresses to prevent overheating
·         Minimize direct exposure to the sun
·         Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit and salads
·         Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes, as well as wide-brimmed hats to protect the face and neck
·         Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection
·         Apply sunscreen liberally before going outdoors
·         Check on older, sick or frail people who may need help responding to the heat
·         Know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure. Heat-related illnesses include cramps, exhaustion and heat stroke. Warning signs can include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, paleness and dizziness
·         Avoid leaving children or pets alone in cars for any amount of time
·         Do not exercise outdoors during the hottest parts of the day 

Residents should seek medical attention if they experience rapid, strong pulses; feel delirious; or have a body temperature above 102 degrees. 

The new 211 Placer information and referral system is online and ready to help connect Placer residents with social services and resources to keep them cool and safe. Free rides to an air-conditioned space are available for seniors, those with low income and adults with disabilities through Placer Rides.

Find more resources for preventing and treating heat-related illness on the website. Placer’s Public Health Division can be reached at 530- 889-7141.