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California gears up for searing heat

July 8, 2008 7:28:07 AM PDT
Searing summer temperatures have the governor putting an excessive heat plan into effect, and agencies across the state are gearing up for potential heat-related emergencies.Power officials are also on alert as temperatures are expected to hit triple digits this week.

If you have to work in the heat, you have to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Doctors said if you suddenly stop sweating or feel nauseous, start taking it easy.

If you don't have to be outside, stay indoors, but remember -- you and millions of others across the state will have the air conditioning on. Officials advise locals to conserve energy.

"We're starting to dip into our operating reserves, and we need consumers to do their part and conserve electricity during that air conditioning rush hour in the late afternoon," said Stephanie McCorkie from Cal-ISO. Here are a few safety tips to beat the heat:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Use sunscreen
  • Limit outdoor activities to the morning and evening hours
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars
  • Check on those at high risk, including infants, children, and the elderly
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