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Eight tips to keep cool and comfortable during a Texas heat wave

Today is only the first day of summer, and already intense heat waves have Texans bracing for power grid instability.

Regulators are predicting record-breaking demand for electricity this week, and yesterday Texas residents were asked to cut back on power usage. It’s a scorching start to a long summer season – and a crucial time to prepare for potential outages caused by heat waves.

A few key tips can help Texans navigate power outages in the heat, including:


  • Wear light clothing and stay in the shade as much as possible.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, and know the signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

  • If you have a portable generator, fill gas cans to keep it running. Watch out for low oil levels if your generator is running continuously. Remember to check the oil level each day and keep extra oil on hand.

  • Only use portable generators outdoors and away from windows, doors and vents. Keep at least 3 feet of clearance around the generator.

  • If you’re relying on a standby generator when the power goes out, make sure it’s ready ahead of time. Clear debris and any obstructions away from the generator. Check your battery and air filter.

  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible.

  • Unplug small appliances in the rooms you do not plan to use.

  • Charge cell phones and save your cell phone battery as much as possible.


Equipped with expert recommendations on resilience amidst a power outage, Texans can face the hot summer ahead with confidence rather than concern.

Erica Green 

On behalf of Generac

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