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Here’s what every Austinite needs to know about heat safety

Stay calm, cool, and collected this summer.

The sun sets over houses and the Colorado River from Mount Bonnell.

You’ll only see us after sunset for the next few months.

Photo via @jason_kautz

This can’t be the kind of heat Whitney Houston wanted to feel with somebody.

Comedy can be a cure, but the heat in Austin is no joke. Ahead of another scorching summer, city officials shared tips for staying safe and conserving resources.

Stay hydrated + healthy

Conserve energy

At a press conference this week, Mayor Kirk Watson said Austin Energy recently received ERCOT’s “summer-ready” stamp of approval. Still, the entity asks Austinites to help maintain the grid’s integrity through conservation efforts.

Here are some of its recommendations:

  • Set your thermostat to 78+ degrees and use fans to stay cool
  • Install LED light bulbs
  • Avoid using major appliances during peak heat hours
  • Unplug devices that aren’t in use

View more guidance from the city of Austin.