Extreme heat brings along elevated risk of fires

Cal Fire says all of their frontline devices are full right now. They added that they prepare for these situations year-round.

SAN DIEGO – The temperatures are already rising early Monday morning. Cal Fire says they prepare for this long stretch of dry and hot weather all year round.

Cal Fire says that right now all of their frontline devices are fully staffed and ready to go when needed. They added that they prepare for exactly these situations year round.

As these heat waves stretch over a longer period of time, there is more fuel for these fires along the way. Add to this the already existing drought conditions and worries only increase.

CAL Fire offered some reminders to stay away from during this heat wave. They say now is not the time to use mechanical brush and tree trimmers. When towing an RV or trailer, make sure there are no chains in the way. Finally, make sure the defensible space around your home is clear in case a fire breaks out.

This week, SDG&E also shared some tips for saving energy costs:

  • Set the thermostat. Adjust in summer and switch off when not in use. Just a few degrees can significantly reduce air conditioning costs. Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher in summer. If you change the air conditioning thermostat from 72 to 78 degrees, you can save up to 12% on your cooling costs. Get the remote control and get a discount on a smart programmable thermostat.

  • Go to Usage Time. Are you looking for a new way to save money on your electricity bill? Consider switching to a time of use (TOU) pricing plan. There are no high usage fees for usage time and each day is divided into time zones with and without peaks (and sometimes even into super-idle times), with energy costing less during idle times.

  • Block direct sunlight in summer. Close window covers or shade exposed windows with sun protection, reflective sheeting, awnings or trees.

  • Power failure. Turn off office equipment or set it to shut down when not in use. Turning off a computer and monitor at night and on weekends can save you up to $ 80 a year. Putting PCs, monitors and copiers to sleep when not in use can cut energy costs by up to 50 percent. Use power strips or disconnect electronic devices such as DVRs, game consoles, and televisions that use power even when they are turned off.

  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater. 120 ° F is sufficient for most common applications. A 10 ° F reduction can save up to five percent on water heating costs. This only affects gas consumption unless your water heater is electric.

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