Wilkes Barre, PA (July 16, 2013) – Extremely high temperatures and humidity are predicted to continue until Friday with temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. UGI Utilities, Inc., Electric Division, strongly encourages all customers to stay safe and conserve energy during this heat wave. Intense heat can be extremely dangerous, particularly for young children, the elderly, and people with health problems.
Demand for electricity is expected to increase as the excessive heat and humidity continue. UGI Utilities – Electric Division requests customers conserve electricity during this heat wave, if health permits, especially between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Customers can take simple electricity conservation steps:
• Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside;
• Postpone using major electric household appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until the cooler evening hours;
• If health permits, set air conditioner thermostats higher than usual;
• Turn off electric appliances and equipment that you do not need or are not using.
UGI also encourages customers to be safe during extreme heat, by following these safety recommendations:
• Older adults and people with chronic health problems should stay indoors and in the coolest available place.
• Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty.
• Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
• Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activity.
Signs of heat emergencies:
• Heat exhaustion: Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache, nausea or vomiting; dizziness and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal.
• Heat stroke: Hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature may be as high as 105 degrees F. If person was sweating from heavy work or exercise, the skin may feel wet; otherwise it will feel dry.
To avoid heat stress during extreme heat:
• Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and a hat or cap, keeping your neck covered. Apply sunscreen to exposed areas.
• Stay indoors, if possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sun.
• Remember: Electric fans don’t cool the air, but they will cool the body by helping sweat evaporate.
• If possible, work or play in the cool hours of the day.
• Stay out of direct sun for long periods.
• Drink extra fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
• Eat a healthy diet.
• Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
• Take regular breaks from activity.
• If you are having trouble paying your electric bill or if your electricity has been shut off, contact UGI Electric to make payment arrangements so service can be restored: 1-800-276-2722.
• More information on programs available to help with electric costs are available www.ugi.com or on the PA Public Utility Commission Website: www.papowerswitch.com/help-paying-your-bill/
• Customers can also view the Summer Heat Wave fact sheet on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission website (www.puc.state.pa.us/). For additional energy conservation tips, please see (www.theenergyguyatugi.com) and the PA Public Utility Commission website (www.papowerswitch.com). For more information about heat wave safety, visit http://www.ugi.com/portal/page/portal/UGI/Safety/Heat_Wave
• For heat-related emergencies, call 9-1-1
UGI Utilities Electric Division serves more than 62,000 customers in portions of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI’s Electric Division is available online at www.ugi.com.