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Heat Wave Intensifies - Flex Alert and Heat Advisory Announced
Posted Date: 7/1/2013

SunCalifornia is having record highs this week, 10-20 degrees above average across the state.

Stay Cool
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.

Flex Alert
Flex Alert LogoA 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.

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