National Weather Service Sacramento has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for portions of Nevada County through Sunday evening. Higher temperatures can be dangerous for all people but especially the very young, senior citizens, and those with chronic medical conditions.
During high-heat events, Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services partners with Nevada County Public Health to review our plans for Excessive Heat Emergencies. Residents can beat the heat in cool public places, like your local Nevada County Library branch. The Grass Valley Library, Madelyn Helling Library (Nevada City), and Truckee Library are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and the Penn Valley Library is open 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Tips for hot weather:
- Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during and after outdoor activities.
- Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors.
- Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck if you’ll be outside.
- Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol.
- Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat.
- Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually.
- Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts.
- Check on frail, elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat.
- Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid.
- Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight.
- Take care of pets! Make sure they have plenty of shade and water to drink. Don't leave your pets in the car unattended during hot weather and walk dogs when the temperature is cooler; asphalt can be over 50 degrees hotter than the outdoor temperature.
* If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you drink, or if you take water pills, ask him or her how much you should drink when the weather is hot.
Flex Alert for Energy Conservation
The California Independent System Operator (ISO), with extreme heat forecast for much of California and the Southwest, has issued a statewide Flex Alert to encourage electricity conservation today, Friday, June 18th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to reduce stress on the grid and avoid power outages. Find more information: FlexAlert.org
Conservation Tips from California ISO:
Before a Flex Alert is in effect, consumers can take specific steps to manage their electricity usage to maintain comfort during days that conservation is needed. Specifically, consumers can:
- Pre-cool your home by lowering the thermostat
- Use major appliances, like your dishwasher, and clothes washer and dryer · Close window coverings to keep your home or apartment cool
- Charge electronic devices
- Charge electric vehicles
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, when the statewide Flex Alert is in effect, consumers can help by:
- Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits
- Avoiding the use of major appliances
- Turning off all unnecessary lights
- Using fans for cooling
- Unplugging unused items