Heat Wave Prompts Energy Crisis
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Level 2 emergency could be declared
Due to heat well over 100 degrees, the state of California ISO has declared a stage one electrical emergency, and that could be raised to a level 2 emergency by 4:00pm tonight. A level 2 emergency will prompt California ISO to cut power to businesses who have agreed to be first on the list of blackouts in exchange for lower cost power prices.
But California residents can also to do their part. To help conserve energy during this time, the California ISO issued the following tips:
• Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher when home, off when away. People with disability, seniors or anyone who has difficulty regulating body temperatures are asked to take the necessary precautions to safeguard your health.
• Avoid using unnecessary lighting and appliances during the peak usage period from 4 to 6 pm.
• Turn off your pool pump and avoid outdoor watering during peak hours.
Also, rising heat is raising concerns about people’s health.
The health concerns can be addressed by a number of tips, courtesy of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's Dr. Bud Lawrence:
- Avoid physical or strenuous physical activity during the hottest part of the day, typically between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Such activity should be limited to morning and late afternoon hours.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquid, preferably cold water or electrolyte beverages such as Gatorade.
- Wear loose fitting clothes of light color to reflect sun light.
- Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or above to protect your skin.
- It’s advisable to check on the elderly to make sure they are safe and sound, and to ensure they’re not staying in an overheated apartment or home with a malfunctioned air-conditioner, Dr. Lawrence noted.
In some cases, a person exposed to excessive heat or sun exposure may suffer from heat exhaustion. “Symptoms include feeling weak, dizzy and nauseous, and a person may actually pass out,” Dr. Lawrence said. “If that’s the case, immediately get that person to a cool place and provide cool fluids. You may also wet the person down with water to cool him/her down. If there’s any concern about the possibility of a person’s condition worsening, then bring them to the Emergency Room.”