SACRAMENTO –The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is reminding Californians to take extra precautions to stay safe as temperatures climb across the state.
“Communities across our state will experience dangerously high temperatures in the coming days. It is important that all Californians take this seriously and take concrete steps to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke by staying inside, drinking plenty of water, and having a family emergency plan for extreme weather,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci.
Excessive heat warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) throughout the state. Consecutive days of extreme heat started today and could extend into Wednesday in affected areas. According to the NWS, temperatures will peak at between 102 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit for prolonged periods of time for much of the inland parts of the state.
Extreme heat presents dangerous conditions for many, including the most vulnerable. Here are steps to protect yourself and loved ones:
- Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, generally, 10 am to 6 pm
- If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning
- Stay hydrated
- Check on elderly or vulnerable family members and neighbors
- Wear light-weight clothing
- Never leave children or animals alone in a vehicle
Cal/OSHA issued a reminder to all employers with outdoor workers to take steps to prevent heat illness during a period of high heat across the state.
Cal OES is working closely with local officials across the state to identify cooling centers where people can go to escape the extremely hot weather.
Earlier this year, the California Department of Public Health has issued Guidance for Cooling Centers during COVID-19 to support a safe, clean environment for members of the public and workers at Cooling Center facilities during.
Californians are also reminded to maintain COVID-19 safety practices such as using face coverings and six feet of distance when visiting cooling centers or other locations while staying cool.
Information on local cooling centers can be found here. Further information and resources that may be available in your area during the heat event check with your county.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has also issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. today. Here are ways you can help with energy conservation:
- Set thermostat at 78° or higher
- Cool with fans and draw drapes
- Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
- Use major appliances in the morning or late evening
These conservation measures can help the power grid during a time of strong demand and supply. Reduced energy use during a Flex Alert can prevent further emergency measures, including rotating power outages. For information on Flex Alerts, visit the ISO’s Flex Alert website.