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Excessive Heat Warning Today

News from July 20, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for July 20. The warning will be in effect until 8 pm. Forecasts indicate temperatures will rise into the mid-90s with high humidity and afternoon heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees.

This can create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible, and the University urges the Penn community to follow these safety tips:

  • Avoid the outdoors during extreme heat and stay out of the sun, especially mid-day.
    Stay in the air-conditioned environments if possible; find a cool place for relief if your workplace or home is not air-conditioned.
  • Increase your intake of water and juice; avoid alcoholic, carbonated, or caffeinated beverages.
  • Wear clothing that is light in color, and loose fitting.
  • Check frequently on the elderly, children, family members, pets, and neighbors for their well-being. (Those who are at most risk from heat related illness are the elderly, children, and people with chronic ailments. Call 911 if you detect dizziness, weakness, nausea, and changes to skin tone).
  • Eliminate strenuous activities such as running, biking, lawn care, or other physical exertion.
  • Do not eat heavy meals, avoid using cooking ovens.
  • Take cool baths or showers.
  • Do not let anyone sit in a hot car, even for a few minutes.

Additionally, as extra demand is placed on our cooling systems, we will implement our plans for conserving energy, which might include turning off the ventilation in selected areas for short periods of time or increasing the temperature settings. We understand that certain buildings are sensitive to temperature swings, so any action will be coordinated on a building-by-building basis. For all other buildings on campus, we ask for your support in maintaining a safe environment and recommend the following action steps:

  • Turn off overhead lighting and selective office equipment not in use.
  • Turn up the thermostat and/or shut off air conditioning in unoccupied areas.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Draw window blinds and shades.

If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services at 215-898-7208.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.