NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With summer weather kicking into high gear and another day of 90-degree temperatures on tap for Thursday, officials are cautioning residents on heat safety.
As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, to help ease the load on the electric grid, New York City has asked residents to keep their thermostats set at 78 degrees.
“Turn off air conditioners, lights, and other appliances when you’re not at home, that’s just common sense,” said Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito. “When the AC is running, keep the doors closed — again common sense — keep the doors closed, it keeps the cold air in and the hot air out.”
Esposito and Health Commissioner Mary Bassett and Office of Emergency Management Commissioner were also calling for New Yorkers to check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbors — and to watch for symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
“If you pay attention to your body, it gives you hints, but if you don’t pay attention, you’re going to wind up in serious trouble,” Esposito said.