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

29 Jul 2015

With high temperatures and humidity expected to continue through the remainder of the week, 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. Do not spend long periods of time in the direct sun.
  • Drink 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 areas when outside.
  • Older adults and people with chronic health problems should stay indoors, in the coolest available place.
  • If possible, work or play during the cooler 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 8 ounces of water).
  • For heat exhaustion, move the person 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.

The National Weather Service issues warnings, advisories and watches to residents regarding extreme warm weather. According to the National Weather Service, a heat warning is issued when life-threatening heat is occurring or is forecast. A heat advisory means high and potentially dangerous values of heat are occurring or highly likely. A heat watch means excessive heat is possible in the next day or two.

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 670,000 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.

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