California is having record highs this week, 10-20 degrees above average across the state.
Heat-related illnesses can be life threatening. Please take the following precautions:
- Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of the sun.
- Children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are the most susceptible to heat-related illness.
- Be on the look out for heat exhaustion, cramps, or heat stroke. Check on neighbors, especially those who may be at risk. Click here for the warning signs of heat related illnesses.
- Monitor pets and livestock and care for their hydration and temperature needs as well.
- Employers take action to protect workers - implement “High Heat” procedure requirements when temperatures reach 95 degrees. Schedule frequent work breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
- Wear light-weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours.
- In an emergency such as heat stroke, call 911.
A Flex Alert has been announced for July 1st and 2nd for Northern California. Due to the continued heat wave and subsequent rise in A/C use, electricity conservation is critical to prevent blackouts.
Please save energy now:
- Turn off all unnecessary lights.
- Postpone using major appliances until after 6:00 pm.
- If you must use an air conditioner, adjust it up to 78 degrees or higher.
Through conservation efforts Californians can save about 1,000 megawatts statewide which is enough electricity to power 1 million households and equal to the output of two large power plants.
To find out more, visit www.flexalert.org/press-releases