Heat Advisory issued for part of Southwest Florida until 6 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, afternoon temperatures will be climbing into the lower to mid 90s. Combined with high humidity levels this will result in high heat indices across the region during the afternoon.

The advisory is issued for Charlotte and Lee counties from Noon to 6 p.m. Friday.

TEMPERATURE: High temperatures in the 92 to 95 degree range with heat indices of 108 to 112 degrees.

IMPACTS: The high heat index values could lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke for those outdoors.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun…and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions. if you work or spend time outside. When possible…reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work…the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency call 9 1 1.

Tips on how to beat the summer heat and keep costs down

Summer may not start until the end of June, but it is already feeling toasty in sunny SWFL! LCEC reminds customers of simple ways to beat the heat while keeping energy costs down:

  • When cooling your home, set the thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Each degree below adds 8 to 12 percent to the cooling costs.
  • While away from home for more than two hours, set the thermostat at 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically raise and lower the temperature at certain times of the day.
  • Be sure your thermostat fan switch is set on the “auto” setting. This is more economical for temperature and humidity control.
  • Do not close A/C vents or interior doors when A/C is running.
  • Service your air conditioning system annually.
  • Change or clean filters monthly.
  • Turn off fans when the room is not occupied. Each continuously running fan costs approximately $7 per month on your electric bill.
  • Run pool pumps for a maximum of 8 hours a day in the summer, and 6 hours per day in the winter, unless you are heating the pool.
  • Install reflective window tint/film that will reflect 65 percent or better on windows facing east, west or south. LCEC also recommends installing awnings, storm shutters and planting shade trees.
  • Reduce water heating costs by installing a low-flow shower head, setting the water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, or installing a Heat Recovery Unit (HRU), which will heat water at no cost when the A/C is running.
  • Use a minimum of R-30 insulation in the ceiling/attic floor to save on heating and air conditioning costs.

For more ways to save, visit lcec.net.

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