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UGI Urges Customers to Stay Safe, Conserve Energy During Heat Wave

21 Jul 2016

With high temperatures and humidity expected to continue throughout the weekend, UGI encourages all customers to stay safe and conserve energy during this heat wave.

To avoid heat stress during extreme heat, UGI offers the following guidelines:

  • Stay indoors, if possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sun. If outside, limit the amount of time spent in direct sun.
  • Drink plenty of cool liquids – especially water – on high temperature days. If you are working in a high temperature environment, you should drink cool liquids frequently in small amounts, totaling one cup every 20 minutes. Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated beverages, which can cause dehydration.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Wear a hat and apply sunscreen to exposed skin when outside.
  • Older adults and individuals with chronic health issues should stay indoors as much as possible during periods of high heat.
  • If possible, reschedule work or play activities to occur during the cooler morning or evening hours of the day.

To treat cramping, heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  • For cramping, sip water mixed with a small amount of salt (a teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of water).
  • For heat exhaustion, move the individual to a cool location, preferably in an air-conditioned environment. Apply cool compresses to help reduce body temperature.
  • For heat stroke, move the person to a cool location, apply cool, wet compresses and seek immediate medical assistance.

Conservation tips to consider during heat waves include:

  • Close blinds, shades and draperies to keep out the sun’s heat and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
  • Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. If you have central air conditioning, close off vents to unused rooms. Keep filters clean.
  • Use appliances such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers after dark to help reduce peak energy demands.

Be Weather Wise

The National Weather Service issues watches, advisories and warnings to residents so they can prepare and respond to extreme weather. According to the National Weather Service, a heat watch is issued when conditions exist for an excessive heat event in the next 24 to 72 hours.  A heat advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions.  A heat warning is issued when the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions is imminent.

If you are a UGI Electric customer and do not have electric service, please call UGI at (800) 276-2722 to make payment arrangements as soon as possible so service can be restored.

UGI Utilities is a natural gas and electric utility with headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania. UGI serves 680,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland.  Customers and community members are invited to visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.