Public Health

Kristine Oase Guth


With high temperatures forecast this week, El Dorado County Public Health officials are encouraging residents to take precautions to protect themselves. "Individuals should drink plenty of water, limit physical exertion and stay indoors in an air-conditioned location as much as possible," said Dr. Alicia Paris, El Dorado County Health Officer. "The elderly, very young and those with chronic medical conditions or mental illness may be especially susceptible to high temperatures and overheating."

Residents without adequate air conditioning are advised to visit a cooling zone. A cooling zone is a location to get out of the heat for a period of time to let the body cool down.  Cooling zones can include a friend or relative's house, shopping center, community center, restaurant, movie theater or public library. Senior residents may consider visiting senior centers in Placerville or El Dorado Hills.

The Placerville, Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills public libraries offer a cool place for people to go.

  • Placerville Library: 345 Fair Lane, Placerville (Open Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; closed Saturday).
    • Cameron Park Library: 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park (Open Tuesday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm; closed Friday and Saturday)
      • El Dorado Hills Library: 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills (Open Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; closed Saturday)

      The following tips are recommended for everyone during hot weather:

      • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty.
      • Stay indoors in an air-conditioned building.
      • Pace yourself and avoid heavy exertion in the heat.
      • Never leave a child or an animal in a parked vehicle, even for a few minutes. Temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes. Leave pets at home.
      • Make sure animals have plenty of shade and water.
      • Be careful about walking dogs on hot pavement.
      • Check in on neighbors, relatives and friends, particularly those who are isolated or homebound.

      For more information and tips to stay cool and healthy during the heat, visit 

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