Keep Cool, the Heat is On!
Texas temperatures are on the rise and much of Texas could experiences triple digit heat indexes in the coming days. Heat advisories and calls to conserve electricity during peak hours may happen. Most importantly, Amerian Light & Power wants you to know heat exhaustion and heat stroke signs to protect yourself and your loved ones, including your pets.
- Set thermostats 2 to 3 degrees higher; set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
- Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
- Set pool pumps to run early morning or overnight; shut off from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
- Avoid using large appliances (i.e. ovens, washing machines, etc).
- Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
- Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
Extreme heat can pose a serious health concern to both humans and animals. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more heat related deaths each year than those caused by hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined! It is important to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from the dangers of extreme heat by taking precautionary measures before and during a heat event.
READY.gov provides comprehensive information on extreme heat, but we wanted to share the tips on how to recognize signs of heat illness and how to respond:
- HEAT CRAMPS
- Signs: Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs
- Actions: Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if cramps last more than an hour.
- HEAT EXHAUSTION
- Signs: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, or fainting
- Actions: Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.
- HEAT STROKE
- Signs: Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees) taken orally; red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat; rapid, strong pulse; dizziness; confusion; or unconsciousness
Actions: Call 911 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.
So keep cool Texas and summer on!