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Beating the heat and avoiding 'brownouts'

(KFVS) -

The heat is on. It's sticky, uncomfortable and can be dangerous if your electricity goes out.

When everyone is cranking up the AC, power outages are possible.

Air conditioning units and ice pop-packed refrigerators are working overtime, placing additional strain on already exhausted electric grids.

Tim Grigery, an electrician with Chelsea Electric, said there's always a possibility for a power outage when temperatures heat up.

He said it pays to be cautious, especially during extreme hot and cold temperatures outside.

Setting your thermostat a couple of degrees warmer than what you prefer goes a long way.

“Set it and forget it. Therefore, you maintain the same temperatures throughout your home during the day. When you turn it down during the day thinking that you are saving money, it causes your air conditioning to work harder to bring it back up to a comfortable level,” said Grigery.

Grigery recommends to have your AC unit checked twice a year.

Also, regularly changing your air filter, can help to avoid a lot of problems.

Here are additional tips in case you lose power:

  • Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day to block the heat and direct sunlight.
  • Close window.
  • Stay in the lowest level of your home where it will be coolest.
  • Put on light-weight, light-colored clothing.
  • Unplug appliances and electronics.
  • Drink lots of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Remember to check on neighbors and give your pet(s) fresh water. 

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