The forecast of record heat and humidity poses health hazards and also puts a strain on our energy system, said State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady).
"I strongly urge constituents to take precautions when being out in the heat," Senator Farley said. "Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol and sugar-saturated drinks. If you must be outside during the hottest hours of the day, pace yourself. Look for shaded areas to keep cool. Stop activity when your heart pounds, you begin gasping, or feel faint or nauseous."
Senator Farley has posted information on his website, www.senatorfarley.com, about the dangers of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, as well as more tips on being safe and cool.
Senator Farley also has tips on his website from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on how to conserve energy during this weather. "Not only is energy conservation good for our pocketbooks, but it can also help relieve pressure on our national energy supply and reduce the potential for rolling blackouts," Senator Farley said.
The following are some energy smart suggestions from Senator Farley:
* Close your draperies, windows and doors on the sunny side of your home on hot, sunny days to reduce solar heat buildup.
* Programmable thermostats will automatically raise the air-conditioning temperature at night and lower it again in the morning. They cost about $25 and will lead to instant savings on electric bills. Set your air-conditioning thermostat at 78 degrees or higher during the summer heat. Each degree above 75 degrees saves roughly 3 percent of the energy used to cool the home.
* Replacing your current incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs will save you nearly $30 over the life of each bulb. Also, many energy efficient light bulbs emit far less heat, helping keep your home cooler. You should also turn off unused lights and appliances when you leave a room. If possible, use timers on indoor and outdoor lights.
* Don't run your dishwasher or washing machine until you have a full load. Try running these machines at night when overall electricity use is lower.
Senator Farley has several brochures on energy use. To obtain these free publications, call his office at 455-2181 (Albany), 843-2188 (Amsterdam) or 762-3733 (Johnstown).
For information on extreme heat situations, click here.
For information on treating heat cramps or heat exhaustion, click here.
For energy saving tips, click here.
For more safety tips, click here.