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Summer Heat Wave Safety Tips

Post Date:07/03/2018 5:18 PM

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Safety tips that will help you protect yourself and stay safe in the hot weather:

  • Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors
  • Avoid hot, heavy meals that include proteins.
  • Set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°. If you don’t have air-conditioning take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and family and friends who do not have air conditioning.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.
  • Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
  • Don’t forget about your pets, they need plenty of water and shade.
  • Insulate your home by installing weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.

The Culver City Senior Center is a Cooling Center.  Please visit our website for more information on the Senior Center's location and hours of operation.

Try to Conserve Electricity

With near record heat this summer, electric utilities urge all customers to be especially vigilant at reducing electricity use where possible while not putting your health or the health of your pets at risk. This is especially important when temperatures and electricity use are expected to be highest. Doing simple things such as turning up your thermostat to 78 degrees and turning off lights will save electricity use and reduce the risk of outages.

You can help by reducing your use. The most effective time to save electricity is between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. when its use is highest. Electric utilities recommend the following conservation measures:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Be smart about lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees.
  • Use major appliances like washing machines and dishwashers late in the evening or early in the morning.
  • Turn off your pool pumps.

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Following are ways that you can prepare for possible power outages:

  • Store flashlights and batteries in easy-to-reach places around the home. Make a mental note to know where they all are.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates on power outages
  • Ventilate your home in the evening by opening doors and windows to clear out heat and circulate air.
  • Always have a phone charger in the car. Having a fully charged phone to communicate with family and friends during an outage can be both comforting and informative.
  • Keep non-perishable food handy. If food in the refrigerator does spoil, you want to be sure to have plenty of alternatives nearby.
  • Keep a cooler nearby to transfer food, using whatever ice you have before the outage.

If you are medically dependent on critical equipment, consider purchasing a gasoline-powered backup generator.

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