Franklin PUD offers tips for the Tri-Cities during heat waves
PASCO, Wash. —With temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit this week, officials from the Franklin PUD are offering some advice on how Tri-Cities residents can stay cool and safe.
According to Mike Gonzalez, who is the Public Relations Director for the Franklin PUD, the risk for a power outage increases when more people are indoors relying on their air conditioning.
“We never want a power outage to happen. But when you hit temperatures like this we know we’re going to get a lot of customers using their air conditioners and that creates what we call peak loads,” Gonzalez said. “If there’s too many people overloading the system, then we have a potential for a power outage.”
Hydration is one major key to keeping safe and healthy during times of intense heat. Everyone needs to have a sufficient amount of water in their system, but the following groups are particularly at risk of heat-related illness:
- Babies and Toddlers
- Pregnant and Nursing Mothers
- Adults age 65+
- People with diabetes and high blood pressure
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Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to prevent heat-related illness. On the flip side, it’s recommended that you avoid alcohol and/or caffeine. Be aware that warning signs of illness include heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. You can read more symptoms provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here.
One easy way to cool off is to soak towels or bandanas with water and put them in your freezer. They can easily be used to cool off by placing them on the neck or head. If you’re going to be outside in the heat, you might want to wear lighter-colored clothing so that it attracts less heat. Additionally, loose-fitting clothing will be easier to manage as temperatures ascend into the high-90s and low 100s during the week.
Home safety tips include keeping doors and windows shut so that warm air is kept out of your home or workplace. It’s also been advised that homeowners keep their blinds, shades or curtains shut to avoid letting heat into the residence. If the heat is getting to you, a cold bath or shower is sure to help regulate your temperature. Letting your hair air dry will help keep you cooler for longer.
Food storage is a key component of staying safe during this heatwave across the Tri-Cities. Officials say that a full fridge will retain temperature better than a half-empty one will, but individuals need to be decisive about what they want from their fridge. Maintaining a consistent temperature in that refrigerator is key to making sure groceries won’t spoil.
The Franklin PUD (Public Utility District) serves all of Franklin County including parts of the Tri-Cities.
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