Lancaster Choice Energy: Excessive Heat Warning Through the Week Calls for Safety Measures and Energy Conservation Flex Alert
Lancaster, CA. June 15, 2021 – An excessive heat warning has been issued in the Antelope Valley and other parts of Los Angeles County. Temperatures are expected to rise into the triple digits beginning Monday, June 14 through Sunday, June 20. The community is urged to take safety precautions and to conserve energy as much as possible.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation between the hours of 4 to 9 p.m.
The community can actively help to conserve energy, prevent electric service interruptions, and avoid more serious system emergencies by pre-cooling their homes at 72 degrees overnight and in the early morning hours and setting the air conditioner at 78 degrees or higher during the day between 4 to 9 p.m. Consumers can also avoid major appliance use, turn off any unnecessary lights, unplug unused electrical devices, close blinds and drapes, use fans when possible, and limit the time the refrigerator door is open.
Also, in response to the excessive heat warning, the City of Lancaster has opened Cooling Centers at the following locations:
- The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), located at 665 W. Lancaster Blvd, is open through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The Lancaster Library, located at 601 W. Lancaster Blvd. 93534, is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and they are open on Tuesday from 1 to 8 p.m.
- Gen. William J. Fox Airfield, located at 4555 W. Avenue G 93536, is open Monday- Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Guests are expected to comply with all LA County Public Health safety guidelines. These centers provide members of the public who lack air conditioning at home with relief from the heat, free of charge. For a full list of cooling centers open throughout LA County, please visit ready.lacounty.gov/heat.
The City encourages the community to always take proper precautions in order to remain healthy during the intense hot weather. The recommendations below can help to prevent heat exhaustion, heat strokes or other heat-related illnesses.
- Avoid the sun – stay indoors from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
- Drink plenty of fluids – 2 to 4 glasses of water every hour during times of extreme heat.
- Replace salt and minerals – sweating removes salt and minerals from your body, so replenish these nutrients with low sugar fruit juices or sports drinks during exercise or when working outside. Avoid alcohol.
- Pace yourself – reduce physical activity and avoid exercising outdoors during peak heat hours.
- Wear appropriate clothing – wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when outdoors.
- Stay cool indoors during peak hours – If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and/or visit a County Emergency Cooling Center.
- Monitor those at high risk – check on elderly neighbors, family members and friends who do not have air conditioning. Infants and children up to 4 years old, people who overexert during work (e.g. construction workers) and people 65 years and older are at the highest risk of heat-related illnesses.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
- Keep pets indoors – heat also affects pets. If they will be outside, make sure they have plenty of water and a shaded area to help them keep cool.