With excessive heat warnings projected for the next few days, Emerald People’s Utility District has tips to help cool customers whether they have air conditioners or not.

“There is no sugar-coating how hot it may get inside homes, but EPUD has tips that can help customers get through this intensive heat in the short run,” said Patty Jo Angelini, public relations coordinator.

“We’re encouraging customers with air conditioners to cool their homes gradually by slowly turning their air conditioners down two degrees every hour or so. If all air conditioning customers turn their thermostats way down when they get home from work after 5 pm, high demand could cause scattered outages. Following our hot weather tips also can lessen the demand on their air conditioner,” she said.

“We’re also concerned about the 40 percent of our customers who do not have air conditioning.  There are things they can do to increase their comfort and safety during this heat wave.  We also encourage them to call us to learn about energy saving ductless heat pumps. We may be able to offer a rebate to help keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter,” Angelini continued.

EPUD encourages the public to check on elderly neighbors, make sure pets have shade and fresh water, and to take extra health precautions themselves when outdoors. “Our crews work in extreme heat. We understand the importance of finding ways to stay hydrated and cool – indoors and out. It’s imperative to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water instead of trying to push on through the heat. Without taking these steps, you can end up having an accident or sudden illness requiring emergency medical attention,” Angelini said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, muscle cramping can be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke. Heat stroke is an emergency requiring medical attention.

For EPUD’s Sizzling Sun tips, go to www.epud.org