By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]

UGI urges steps to avoid heat stress, use energy wisely this summer

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Amari Ahmorrie, 5, of Wilkes-Barre, climbs along the monkey bars at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, June 12. 6/12/17. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — No high-temperature records were broken Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y.

It topped out at 90 in Avoca at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, just short of 1949’s record of 91 degrees but still very toasty by anyone’s standards.

The heat and humidity will be noticeable today as well, so UGI has issued some tips on how to avoid heat stress.

Here’s some of the utility’s advice:

• It sounds simple but it sure does the trick: Be sure to drink plenty of cool water. If you are working in a hot environment, drink it 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. Change clothing if it gets saturated. Wear a hat and apply sunscreen to exposed areas when outside.

• Older adults and people with chronic health problems should stay indoors and in the coolest available place.

• 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.

Energy-savers

Staying indoors to stay cool, of course, depends on if homeowners have air conditioning or some other effective way to beat the heat.

UGI also offered tips on how to remain comfortable indoors while conserving energy:

• Install a programmable thermostat and raise the setting to the highest comfortable temperature. You can save 3 percent to 5 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.

• 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.

• Install efficient lighting that runs cooler. Only about 10 percent to 15 percent of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light — the rest is turned into heat.

For more information, call UGI at (800) 276-2722.

Amari Ahmorrie, 5, of Wilkes-Barre, climbs along the monkey bars at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, June 12. 6/12/17. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_TTL061317Feature.jpgAmari Ahmorrie, 5, of Wilkes-Barre, climbs along the monkey bars at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, June 12. 6/12/17. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

By Bill O’Boyle

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Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.