Staying safe in the heat

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With a heat wave forecasted to impact the area over the next several days, UGI reminds
customers and community members to take steps to avoid heat stress and to use energy wisely by
considering the following guidelines:
• Drink plenty of water or other non -alcoholic fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid
coffee and tea because they contain caffeine, which increases water loss. Alcoholic drinks
also dehydrate. Soda and fruit juices contain more sugar than needed, so they aren’t
absorbed as easily or quickly as water or commercial sports drinks. Eat frequent small,
lower protein meals (fruits, vegetables & salads).
• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Change clothing if it gets
saturated. Wear a hat and apply sunscreen to exposed areas when outside.
• Check on the elderly, infants, young children and people with chronic health problems or
disabilities. They are more vulnerable to the effects of heat.
• Keep pets indoors or provide them with shade and plenty of cool water. Refill their water
bowls frequently. Do not leave pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
• 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.
• If possible, work or play in the cooler hours of the day.
Using Energy Wisely
UGI also encourages residents to use energy wisely this summer. Here are some easy and
inexpensive conservation tips.
• Install a programmable thermostat and raise the setting to the highest comfortable
temperature. You can save three-to-five percent on your air conditioning costs for each
degree you raise the thermostat.
• Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. If you have central air conditioning,
close off vents to unused rooms. Keep filters clean.
• Even if you have air conditioning, use ceiling fans to provide additional cooling and
better circulation.
• Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows. Eliminate air leaks around window air
conditioners with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
• Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat and help fans
and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
• Use timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
• Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The
thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run
longer than necessary.
• Vacuum registers regularly to remove any dust buildup. Ensure that furniture and other
objects are not blocking the airflow through your registers.
• Install efficient lighting that runs cooler. Only about 10 to 15 percent of the electricity
that incandescent lights consume results in light—the rest is turned into heat.
UGI emergency response is available 24-hours a day, every day. Your safety is always our top
priority. UGI can be reached at (800) 276-2722.
 

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