Southern Tier Takes Heat-Health Precautions.
Parts of the Southern Tier are starting the final days of June with dangerously hot and humid conditions.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a Heat Advisory for June 28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Broome, Tioga, Tompkins, Onondaga, Chemung, Seneca and Southern Cayuga Counties.
The Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and Chenango, Cortland and Delaware Counties in the Southern Tier were not included in the 3:23 a.m. June 28 advisory statement from NOAA.
The National Weather Service says the greatest chances for the heat index values to be in the dangerously high range are in the river valleys and low lying areas
Officials say high heat and humidity can cause heat illness and extra precautions should be taken if you work or spend time outside.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says employers can keep workers safe by providing water, frequent rest breaks and shade. An advisory from OSHA says workers should be allowed time to build a tolerance for working in heat and an emergency action plan should be in place if a worker shows signs of heat related illness.
OSHA provides no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health compliance assistance to small and medium-sized businesses through its On-Site Consulation Program.
The National Weather Service says people in the Advisory area should drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Animals also need to be provided with adequate water and shade.
Keeping cool could be a challenge if air conditioning goes out, of course. Broome County Emergency Services officials say there were numerous reports in the Hillcrest and Port Dickinson areas of power out late in the afternoon Sunday. New York State Electric and Gas had recorded over 5,000 customers without power after 4 p.m. June 27 but early on June 28, the NYSEG Outage Central site reported only one customer in Chemung County without power. It's not known if the power outage Sunday afternoon had anything to do with a draw on the system due to the hot weather.
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