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A few of our most popular commercial and industrial electrical services include but are not limited to:

  • Parking Lot Light Installation
  • Electrical Safety Inspections
  • Electrical Grounding for Businesses
  • Generator and Motor Insulation Resistance Analysis
  • Electrical Troubleshooting for Businesses
  • Ongoing Maintenance Plans for Vital Electrical Equipment
  • Transformer Installation
  • Circuit Testing for Businesses
  • Preventative Maintenance for Electrical Equipment
  • Electrical Wiring for New Businesses
  • Electrical Service Upgrades
  • Much More

A few of our most popular commercial and industrial electrical services include but are not limited to:

Circuit Breakers

Tripped Circuit Breakers

Your businesses' electrical system will trip when it has too much electricity running through it. These problems are very common in commercial properties and usually stem from one of three culprits: circuit overloads, short circuits, and ground fault surges. Obviously, when your circuits are tripped regularly, your business operations suffer. To help solve your circuit breaker problems, our commercial electricians will come to your location for in-depth troubleshooting. Once we discover the root cause, we'll get to work on repairing your circuit breaker, so you can continue working and serving your customers.

Flickering Lights

Flickering Lights

Like tripped circuit breakers, dimming or flickering lights are among the most common commercial electrical problems in South Carolina. These issues typically stem from poor electrical connections. These poor connections will usually cause sparks, which can start fires and wreak havoc on your commercial building. While dimming lights might seem minor, if you leave this problem to fester, you could be looking at permanent damage to your businesses' electrical systems. Given the danger involved in fixing this problem, it's important that you work with a licensed business electrician like Engineered Electrical Solutions as soon as you're able to.

Dead Power Outlets

Dead Power Outlets

Dead power outlets aren't always dangerous, unlike other recurring commercial electrical issues. They are, however, disruptive to your company's productivity. Dead outlets are common in older commercial buildings and are often caused by circuit overloads. Connecting multiple high-wattage devices and appliances to the same power socket can cause overheating. When the power outlet overheats, it can lead to tripped circuit breakers. In some cases, the live wire catches fire and burns until it is disconnected. For a reliable solution using high-quality switches, sockets, and circuit breakers, it's best to hire a professional business electrician to get the job done right.

Residential Electrician vs. Commercial Electrician in Heat Springs:
What's the Difference?

Finding a real-deal, qualified commercial electrician in South Carolina is harder than you might think. Whether it's due to availability or budget, you might be tempted to hire a residential electrician for your commercial electrical problem. While it's true that great residential electricians can help solve commercial issues in theory, it's always best to hire a business electrician with professional experience.

Unlike their residential colleagues, commercial electricians are licensed to deal with different materials and procedures suited specifically for businesses. Commercial wiring is much more complex than residential, and is strategically installed with maintenance, repair, and changes in mind. Additionally, commercial properties usually use a three-phase power supply, necessitating more schooling, skills, and technical ability to service.

The bottom line? If you're a business owner with commercial electricity problems, it's best to work with a licensed commercial electrician, like you will find at Engineered Electrical Solutions.

Professional and Efficient from
Call to Technician

Shields Painting has been in the business since 1968. In a world where so much has changed, we are proud to uphold the ideals that make us successful: hard, honest work, getting the job done right, and excellent customer service. Providing you with trustworthy, quality work will always take priority over rushing through a project to serve the next customer. That is just not the way we choose to do business.

As professionals dedicated to perfection, we strive to provide a unique painting experience for every customer - one that focuses on their needs and desires instead of our own. Whether you need residential painting for your home or commercial painting for your business, we encourage you to reach out today to speak with our customer service team. Whether you have big ideas about a new paint project or need our expertise and guidance, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

We want to be sure every one of our customers is satisfied, which is why we offer a three-year guaranteed on our labor. If you're in need of an electrician for your home or business, give our office a call and discover the Engineered Electrical Solutions difference.

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Latest News in Heat Springs, SC

BMW Model Updates for Spring 2023

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 27, 2023…Innovations in individualization, digitalization, and electrification will enhance the BMW model range in the spring of 2023. BMW Operating System 8 and the latest-generation BMW iDrive vehicle interface including the BMW Curved Display will be introduced into the BMW 4 Series and M4 in March 2023. BMW Crystal Headlights – first seen on the new BMW 7 Series – will be available for the BMW X7 from April 2023. Both th...

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 27, 2023…Innovations in individualization, digitalization, and electrification will enhance the BMW model range in the spring of 2023. BMW Operating System 8 and the latest-generation BMW iDrive vehicle interface including the BMW Curved Display will be introduced into the BMW 4 Series and M4 in March 2023. BMW Crystal Headlights – first seen on the new BMW 7 Series – will be available for the BMW X7 from April 2023. Both these luxury models and the fully electric BMW iX will also be offered with the enhanced Parking Assistant Professional, which enables the Remote Control Parking and Maneuver Assistant functions to be controlled via iPhone. And Highway Assistant will be available on X7 and iX models for the first time.

BMW 4 Series and BMW M4 now with BMW Operating System 8 and BMW Curved Display.

Starting in March 2023, all BMW 4 Series and M4 models will be equipped as standard with BMW iDrive 8 and the BMW Curved Display. The fully digital screen is composed of a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a 14.9-inch control display. The modern cockpit design and the extended capabilities of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant enable a significant reduction in the number of buttons and controllers in favor of voice and touch control. M4 models will feature M-specific graphics and displays.

All 4 Series variants will also include a new toggle gear selector on the center console. M high-gloss Shadowline trim for the side window surrounds will also be standard on M440i models and i4 M50. Aluminum Rhombicle in anthracite replaces Aluminum Tetragon trim, and M4 customers will be able to order Sensatec upholstery for the dashboard.

New options for the BMW X7: Highway Assistant and BMW Crystal Headlights

For the first time, Highway Assistant will be offered on the BMW X7 as part of the Driver Assistance Professional Package. This suite of Advance Driving Assistance Systems allows for attentive hands-free driving on limited access highways at speeds up to 85 mph.

BMW Crystal Headlights – first introduced on the new BMW 7 Series – will be available on the BMW X7 starting in April 2023. Genuine crystals from Swarovski positioned in the upper section of the lights and backlit by LED units act as side marker lights and daytime running lights. In daylight and when lit at night, the crystals reflect the light in a multitude of facets.

Also from April 2023, the optional Extended Shadowline exterior trim – available with the M Sport Professional package – will include a rear trim strip in black high-gloss.

BMW 7 Series, X7, and iX: control parking maneuvers from your iPhone.

The extended Parking Assistant Professional available for the 7 Series, X7, and iX from spring 2023 brings greater ease when parking and maneuvering. Here, BMW employs innovative digital technology to make further advances in the area of automated driving and parking. The extended Parking Assistant Professional gives drivers the ability to guide their BMW into and out of parking spaces and carry out more complex maneuvering from outside the vehicle via the My BMW app on their smartphone (available with My BMW App Version 2.1 2.x).

This functionality facilitates the use of tight or difficult-to-access parking spaces. For example, the driver can pause a parking process that is already underway, exit the vehicle, and resume the maneuver while they monitor the area around the vehicle from outside. They can then also control the vehicle’s exit from the space from their iPhone using the Parking Assistant Professional.

Controlling the vehicle from outside is also possible for more extensive maneuvers using the Maneuver Assistant function included in the Parking Assistant Professional. Using the My BMW app, customers can control the vehicle from up to six meters away. The Maneuver Assistant can also record and store up to ten maneuvers at different locations, each covering a maximum distance of 200 meters and up to a combined total of 600 meters. When the vehicle returns to one of the stored starting points, the system performs all the driving tasks required to navigate the distance, including acceleration, braking, steering, and, if required, multiple direction and gear changes. And it can do so whether the driver remains inside the car or chooses to control the maneuver from outside using an iPhone.

BMW iX now with manual pre-conditioning for the high-voltage battery.

All model variants of the purely electric BMW iX will be equipped with a further developed version of the predictive heat management technology for the high-voltage battery from March 2023. As in the BMW i7, it will be possible to initiate pre-conditioning of the battery manually, when the navigation system's route guidance is not active. Pre-conditioning the battery prior to charging maximizes the charging rate when using a DC fast-charging station. Waste heat from the electric motors is used to adjust the temperature of the battery.

Highway Assistant will also be available on all iX models as part of the Driver Assistance Professional Package.

BMW Digital Key Plus with extended functions

In spring 2023, BMW Digital Key Plus, already available for many current BMW models, will gain new and enhanced functions. These will include automatic vehicle unlocking when approaching the car for owners of Samsung and Google smartphones running Android operating systems and the UWB (UltraWideband) chip.

BMW Digital Vehicle Access allows users to share their BMW Digital Key between Apple iPhones and Android smartphones for the first time. Shared BMW Digital Keys are also easier to activate in the vehicle. With the latest BMW software upgrade, a BMW Digital Key shared via smartphone can be activated directly in the vehicle by entering an activation code. Previously, a conventional vehicle key had to be located in the passenger compartment.

BMW 7 Series: new exterior paint finishes including new Individual two-tone.

From March 2023, the BMW 7 Series range will be available in a deep BMW Individual Frozen Tanzanite Blue metallic exterior paint shade. Customers will also be able to order the exclusive BMW Individual two-tone paintwork in BMW Individual special paint finishes.

BMW Group In AmericaBMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley, and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is the BMW Group global center of competence for BMW X models and manufactures the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7 Sports Activity Vehicles as well as the BMW XM. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 349 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 146 BMW motorcycle retailers, 104 MINI passenger car dealers, and 38 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Extreme weather is tormenting every U.S. region, and it’s far from over

Nearly every corner of the Lower 48 is dealing with some sort of wild weather, with fires, floods, tornadoes and a punishing heat wave all wreaking havoc.A staggering 120 million Americans are covered by alerts for extreme heat Tuesday, while half a million customers in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley remain in the dark after violent thunderstorms knocked out power Monday night.Record heat swelled from Nebraska to South Carolina. Chicago dealt with hurricane-...

Nearly every corner of the Lower 48 is dealing with some sort of wild weather, with fires, floods, tornadoes and a punishing heat wave all wreaking havoc.

A staggering 120 million Americans are covered by alerts for extreme heat Tuesday, while half a million customers in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley remain in the dark after violent thunderstorms knocked out power Monday night.

Record heat swelled from Nebraska to South Carolina. Chicago dealt with hurricane-force winds and probable tornadoes. Yellowstone National Park was blocked off to visitors because of roads made impassible by flooding. Fires raged in the Desert Southwest.

The seemingly disjointed atmospheric turmoil is all tied together in what meteorologists refer to as a “ring of fire” weather pattern. A stifling heat dome is parked over the Tennessee Valley, bringing exceptional heat and humidity while severe thunderstorms erupt along its northern fringe. In the dome’s wake, dry air has parched the Southwestern landscape, creating tinderbox conditions for fast-spreading fires. A dip in the jet stream on the heat dome’s northwest flank has allowed exceptional amounts of moisture to pour over the Northern Rockies.

The active weather pattern, with heat acting as the centerpiece, is slated to stick around for the next week or two. The heat, intensified by human-caused climate change, could well fuel more destructive storms.

The National Weather Service received nearly 600 reports of severe weather Monday as violent thunderstorms erupted in the Midwest and charged southeastward through the Ohio Valley into southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. The storms unleashed winds up to 98 mph, downing hundreds of trees.

Forming on the northern periphery of the heat dome and energized by south-to-north temperature contrasts, the storms drew down roaring high-altitude winds as destructive gusts.

On Monday evening, the storms began along Interstate 94 between Madison and Milwaukee, dropping hen-egg-size hail before shifting over Lake Michigan.

The thunderstorm grew to nearly 70,000 feet tall, feeling the effects of the jet stream aloft, which contributed to its potency. Prolific lightning rates, with more than a dozen flashes per second, accompanied the developing storm cell.

Another severe storm blossomed west of Chicago, becoming a supercell or rotating thunderstorm that prompted the issuance of tornado warnings across the area. Sirens blared as the storms approached. There was radar evidence of tight circulations near Streamwood, Roselle and Maywood, Ill., and an 84 mph wind gust was reported at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Some damage was reported, including the entire roof of a third-floor apartment removed in Maywood, in addition to a partial wall collapse on North Fremont Street in Chicago. The Weather Service confirmed one weak tornado touched down in Rosselle but that most of the damage in area was from straight-line winds.

Farther east, storms consolidated into multiple bow echoes, or curved squall lines containing strong winds. The most severe blasted through northeast Indiana, extreme southern Michigan and the majority of Ohio. Winds gusted to 98 mph at the airport in Fort Wayne, Ind., and 75 mph in Putnam County, Ohio. The Weather Service determined the squall line met the criteria of a derecho which is a violent, extensive, fast-moving storm complex.

Additional bouts of strong to severe storms are probable in the Midwest and Ohio Valley Wednesday and Thursday — again firing along the heat dome’s northern fringe.

The heat dome is centered near Nashville. It has established dozens of high temperature records since it first formed late last week over Texas and the Southwest. Temperatures soared to as high as 123 degrees in Death Valley, Calif., while Phoenix hit 114 and Las Vegas 109 over the weekend. Austin and San Antonio made it to 105.

Now widespread readings in the upper 90s to near 100 are shifting east. Stifling humidity is making these air temperatures feel 10 to 15 degrees higher.

Lincoln, Neb. (with a high of 103 degrees), Columbia, S.C. (103), Austin (102), St. Louis (100), Charlotte (98), Nashville (97), and Louisville and Paducah, Ky. (both 97) set June 13 records Monday. North Platte, Neb., hit 108 degrees — not just a daily record, but the highest temperature ever recorded there during the month of June.

Records highs could be challenged from Minneapolis to Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday. Excessive heat warnings cover much of the Midwest where suffocating humidity levels, enhanced by moisture from corn and other crops, could cause heat index values to top 110 degrees in spots.

“Widespread heat indices of 100+ degrees are dangerous for those working or playing outdoors for long periods,” the National Weather Service tweeted Tuesday.

While Chicago cleans up from Monday night’s storms, it faces “dangerous heat and humidity” Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service tweeted. The Windy City could feel as hot as 110 degrees.

The Weather Service is forecasting a 99-degree high in Minneapolis on Tuesday, which would claim a record, beating out the 98 reading tabulated in 1987. Nashville, Columbia, S.C., and St. Louis are forecast to set record highs for a second straight day.

A new insurgence of heat will return to the Plains by the weekend. The Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center continues to predict above-average temperatures over the center of the country through next week.

Current conditions of Yellowstone’s North Entrance Road through the Gardner Canyon between Gardiner, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs.We will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available. More info: https://t.co/mymnqGvcVB pic.twitter.com/S5ysi4wf8a

— Yellowstone National Park (@YellowstoneNPS) June 13, 2022

Unusually wet weather has flanked the heat dome in the Pacific Northwest, where the jet stream took a dip late last week. This allowed an unusually strong plume of moisture for the time of year — known as an atmospheric river — to surge inland from the Pacific Ocean. It spread exceptional June rainfall not only in Washington and Oregon but also into the Northern Rockies.

Heavy rain and melting snow have combined to produce historic flooding around Yellowstone National Park. Two to three inches of rain was reported at several gauges between Saturday and Monday.

A roaring river washed away the road to Yellowstone National Park’s north entrance in Gardner Canyon, between Gardiner, Mont., and Mammoth Hot Springs.

“Effective immediately, there will be no inbound visitor traffic at any of the five entrances into Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15, at a minimum,” read the Park’s website. The park cited “extremely hazardous conditions” including “heavy flooding [and] rockslides.”

At least one home was captured on video collapsing into a river in southern Montana as the ground on which it sat was eroded.

Meanwhile, the combination of gusty winds, low humidity and drought — intensified by recent record-breaking temperatures — has spurred dangerous fire conditions in the Southwest.

New fires have broken out in California and Arizona since the weekend, including north of Flagstaff, Ariz., where the Pipeline Fire has torched 5,000 acres. The Associated Press reported that the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort was closed and hundreds of homes evacuated in response to the fire, which is the second to affect the area this year.

Views from the O'Leary Webcam at 360 Overwatch tonight at 8:28 p.m. give us an idea of just how far this fire has spread... from the peak to the valley below. The views we're accustomed to will be black come morning. This is why we obey burn bans! #PipelineFire #azwx pic.twitter.com/YRhcKbajpM

— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) June 14, 2022

In New Mexico, the state’s largest wildfire on record continues to rage east of Santa Fe. The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire complex, has charred a whopping 325,340 acres — twelve times the size of Disney World — and is 70 percent contained. Simultaneously, the Black Fire, New Mexico’s second largest on record, also rages.

The Calf Canyon Fire is getting bigger… here is video from one of our Substack subscribers taken in Mora New Mexico. Very strong winds present and red flag warnings are in effect. Even at 60+% contained, it’s still a monster. #CalfCanyonFire #HermitsPeakFire #wildfire #nmwx pic.twitter.com/StdTPEnOOM

— TheHotshotWakeUp (@HotshotWake) June 14, 2022

President Biden (D) visited New Mexico on Saturday to meet with state and local officials and address ongoing wildfire fighting efforts.

Red flag warnings were in effect Tuesday for much of northern New Mexico and southwest Colorado due to high fire danger.

Tar Heel Treasures: This town has the only natural hot spring in the state

MADISON COUNTY, N.C. — There is only one place in North Carolina where you can experience natural hot springs. It’s in the western part of the state, and the town is called Hot Springs.Hot Springs Resort and Spa offers mineral baths from a natural hot spring across the creekThe resort is one of many over the years. The first hotel and bath house was built in the early 1800sThe resort offers 17 outdoor bath houses with additional baths attached to their lodgingIn the hills of Madison County are the soun...

MADISON COUNTY, N.C. — There is only one place in North Carolina where you can experience natural hot springs. It’s in the western part of the state, and the town is called Hot Springs.

Hot Springs Resort and Spa offers mineral baths from a natural hot spring across the creek

The resort is one of many over the years. The first hotel and bath house was built in the early 1800s

The resort offers 17 outdoor bath houses with additional baths attached to their lodging

In the hills of Madison County are the sounds of bubbling water. It’s the home to Hot Springs Resort and Spa.

Heather Hicks is the manager at the resort. The spot holds a special place in her heart because she grew up in the county, and several generations of her family worked on the grounds.

“I grew up a steward of the water,” Hicks said. “I grew up on the French Broad River, which is a big place for whitewater rafting. So it was a natural progression for me to come here to Hot Springs to continue my stewardship.”

She loves this area because it has a sense of tranquility. There are no sounds of a bustling city but rather birds, water and nature.

“This is a beautiful natural setting,” Hicks said. “There are no chain restaurants and no stop lights. You can get lost in time in this town. It’s one thing I love about it, and our guests love about it.”“This is a beautiful natural setting,” Hicks said. “There are no chain restaurants and no stop lights. You can get lost in time in this town. It’s one thing I love about it, and our guests love about it.”

The resort features 17 outdoor hot tubs and additional lodging that also has attached tubs. The natural hot springs sit across the creek on a private part of the resort. Workers use an underground piping system to bring the water from the hot springs directly into the spa.

“Our spring is an artesian spring, which means they bubble up,” Hicks said. “It comes from about a half-mile underground. The water temperature there is about 110 degrees Fahrenheit. By the time it reaches the tubes, it’s 102 to 103.”

These mineral baths weren’t always located in the same spot. There were several locations since the early 1800s. On the grounds of the resort, visitors can see the ruins of a bathhouse from the 1860s.

“The bathhouse had eight 4-foot-deep, marble-lined tubs and guests came here for a 21-day convalescence program, soaking, healthy food, massage and maybe a golf game or two,” Hicks said.

That bathhouse was the fourth one built. Down the street, at the Hot Springs Welcome Center visitors can learn about the resort’s history. The first hotel was built in 1837.

“The warm springs hotel was an absolutely beautiful property with grand pillars,” Hicks said.

It was designed for exclusive guests and the elite class. It was one of many hotels on the grounds that burned down over the years. The area was also prone to floods and fires.

“I think that Hot Springs are a very special place,” Hicks said. “Mother nature is in charge of this town. The grand affluent hotels that didn’t allow everyone access to the water maybe didn’t go with the flow.”

Hicks says while they do charge guests to use the hot tubs, they tried to make them affordable and available to anyone who wants to soak.

“The water itself is fantastic,” Hicks said. “There is a huge allegiance from everyone who works here to take care of the water in this very special place and to tell the stories of the past. It’s part of our Appalachian heritage.”

Hot Springs Resort and Spa is open seven days a week. Minerals baths range in price starting at $50 for two people. Reservations are required ahead of time.

Where to Find Hot Springs in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Warm DipsA dip in a hot spring hits just right after spending a chilly day in the mountains. The water heats your core and relaxes your muscles while you sit back and unwind. While the Blue Ridge doesn’t hold as many hot springs as the backcountry forests of the West, there are some options in the South for idyllic cold-weather soaks. Unlike many western springs, most of the accessible hot springs in our neck of the woods can be found closer to creature comforts like resorts, which means that outdoor lovers can pamper themselv...

Warm Dips

A dip in a hot spring hits just right after spending a chilly day in the mountains. The water heats your core and relaxes your muscles while you sit back and unwind. While the Blue Ridge doesn’t hold as many hot springs as the backcountry forests of the West, there are some options in the South for idyllic cold-weather soaks. Unlike many western springs, most of the accessible hot springs in our neck of the woods can be found closer to creature comforts like resorts, which means that outdoor lovers can pamper themselves while they enjoy the warm waters.

Hot Springs, N.C., was aptly named after Native Americans discovered pockets of mineral water at the confluence of the French Broad River and the Spring Creek. Today visitors can head to the Hot Springs Resort Spa, which manages the only natural mineral hot springs in the state of North Carolina. Set in a small mountain town, the resort offers a hot tub-style experience with 100-degree water that can therapeutically relax stiff muscles and increase circulation. Tubs can be reserved by the hour.

Virginia is home to two well-known hot springs, located at the recently restored Warm Springs Pools (reopening December 17 and formerly known as the Jefferson Pools) in Bath County, and the Omni Homestead Resort in the quaint town of Hot Springs. The latter features the Serenity Garden’s Octagon Pool, which is fed by two natural hot springs and provides a relaxing experience for those aged 18 and up. Those who head to these hot springs can stay in one of the Homestead’s upscale rooms, and, when the snow falls, earn a soak by skiing all day on the resort’s nine trails.

West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains hold the rejuvenating mineral waters of White Sulfur Springs, which have been a Southern destination for more than two centuries. The springs are now enclosed on the ground of the spa at the Greenbrier Resort, which sits on a sprawling 11,000 acres and includes 710 guest rooms and 20 restaurants and lounges. The Greenbrier Spa was first built in 1913 around the White Sulfur Springs and current visitors experience an average temperature of 85 degrees during their soaks. The surrounding Greenbrier Valley also holds an abundance of recreation opportunities, including hiking in the remote Big Draft Wilderness and biking on the 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail.

Berkeley Springs is known as “America’s First Spa,” as visitors including George Washington have been seeking out the area’s warm mineral waters for their healing properties since the mid-1700s. The hot springs are found inside of Berkeley Springs State Park and those seeking warm waters have multiple options for soaking, including a main bathhouse and a historic Roman Bath House on the park’s north end that holds nine private walk-in tubs available for private use by the half hour. The park also has open pools filled with runoff from the springs. Also appealing: soaks at Berkeley Springs are priced in the $30 range.

Know Temperature Ranges Before You Go: Since hot springs are created by geothermal heat, they come in a lot of different shapes, sizes, and temperatures. For example, hot springs that are situated near volcanoes may produce extra hot water, making them unsafe to use. Other hot springs may be warm or lukewarm since they’re further removed from the thermal heat. Most developed hot springs hold mineral water mixed with cooler water to maintain safe temperatures for guests. But those who are sensitive to heat should check the spring’s temperatures prior to submerging themselves.

Know the Local Etiquette: The culture of each hot spring is unique and etiquette varies at different locations. In some places, nudity is welcome. In others, it’s strictly prohibited. Some resorts also offer gender-specific pools.

Bring Water: Hot springs will make you sweat just like a hot tub does. So it’s important to bring water, and pay attention to how much time you’re spending in the spring. Staying in a hot tub or hot spring for too long can potentially cause overheating, raising your body’s core temperature over 98.6 degrees.

Correction: A previous version of this story mislabeled the name and opening date of the Warm Springs Pools.

Extreme heat wave pushing California power grid to limit, with rolling blackouts possible

The worst heat wave of the year is presenting a critical test for California’s overtaxed power grid, with officials warning rolling blackouts are possible without major conservation efforts during a week of scorching temperatures.Extreme heat is expected to grip the vast majority of California for at least six days, perhaps even longer.Authorities are worried about power capacity in part because high temperatures are forecast not just across inland regions that typically broil this time of year, but also along many parts ...

The worst heat wave of the year is presenting a critical test for California’s overtaxed power grid, with officials warning rolling blackouts are possible without major conservation efforts during a week of scorching temperatures.

Extreme heat is expected to grip the vast majority of California for at least six days, perhaps even longer.

Authorities are worried about power capacity in part because high temperatures are forecast not just across inland regions that typically broil this time of year, but also along many parts of the coast. That could mean many more people reaching for the air conditioning during peak hours.

“We are anticipating this extreme heat to be a length and duration the likes of which we haven’t experienced in some time,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in urging residents to conserve power.

Temperatures could hit all-time and monthly record highs, and are expected to be 10 to 20 degrees above average during the day with little relief expected come evening. High temperatures could hit 124 degrees in Death Valley.

“We’re not super confident on when it’s going to end,” Bill Rasch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said of the heat wave.

Officials are asking Californians to limit electricity use when possible to minimize strain on the state’s energy providers, otherwise risking those rolling blackouts. Losing power during such extreme heat can be highly dangerous, if not deadly, especially for the most vulnerable.

California officials on Wednesday issued the first statewide Flex Alert during this heat wave, as most of the state entered its first day of extreme heat in this wave. A second Flex Alert was issued for Thursday.

During a Flex Alert, consumers are urged to reduce their energy use in the afternoon and evening hours, when the grid is most stressed because of high demand and less available energy from solar panels.

A #FlexAlert is in effect for today, Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Help us reduce stress on the power grid by flexing your power with some of these tips. pic.twitter.com/q5peG1tS2S

— Flex Alert (@flexalert) August 31, 2022

Newsom declared a state of emergency Wednesday following a request from the California Independent System Operator, which operates the state’s power grid, intended to temporarily increase energy production and response systems during the intense period of extreme heat.

“This is going to be a sustained event that’s going to take sustained focus and sustained participation,” said Elliot Mainzer, president of Cal ISO.

The governor’s Office of Emergency Services is tracking cooling centers across the state, and they will continue to expand as the heat event continues, officials said. The office also has generators and rapid response fire teams ready for deployment to communities in need, as the chance for wildfires increases. Officials are preparing for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to see the highest electricity demands this year— likely above 48,000 megawatts.

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the office, said the situation is constantly changing.

“It will continue to unfold and look differently across the state in the coming days,” he said.

Despite government projects and efforts to bring more capacity online, the power system remains especially vulnerable because neighboring areas from where California imports energy are also experiencing the crushing conditions. The ongoing drought further strains the energy grid by reducing hydropower supply sources, officials said, along with a small number of plants that have gone offline in recent years.

Siva Gunda, vice chair for the California Energy Commission, said the state has been working to bring more supplies online, including through more projects, and shore up energy reserves.

Newsom advised Californians to turn their thermostats up to 78 degrees during the Flex Alert from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The governor warned that Sunday and Monday will be the most challenging days for the energy grid.

The high temperatures hit as the governor and his team pressure lawmakers to pass a bill on the final day of the legislative year to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open until 2035.

The plant, which sits on the coast of San Luis Obispo County and generated 6% of the electricity in the state last year, is slated to close in 2025.

Newsom argues Diablo must stay open for California to keep the lights on during heat waves and avoid a repeat of the rolling blackouts the state experienced two years ago. Environmental groups that pushed six years ago for the closure of Diablo strongly oppose.

The heat wave began Wednesday with daily heat records in some parts of Southern California.

Woodland Hills reached 112 degrees, breaking the previous record of 111 degrees for Aug. 31 set in 1998. Burbank’s high of 112 broke the previous daily record of 108 degrees set in 2017, and Sandberg reached 100 degrees, exceeding the previous high of 98 degrees, also in 2017.

112° at #Burbank @fly_BUR sets a new monthly record for August. The old record was 111° last set on August 26, 1944. For those keeping score, the all-time high temp record is 114° last set on 9/6/2020, 9/5/2020, and 7/6/2018. #LAHeat #CAwx https://t.co/BbZo7jwH2e

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) September 1, 2022

And it’s just the beginning for the Labor Day weekend and beyond.

Temperatures along the coasts could range from 80 to 95 degrees Wednesday through Saturday, before increasing to 100 degrees Sunday and Monday, the weather service said.

The valleys and mountains could be pummeled by 95- to 110-degree temperatures Wednesday through Saturday, and highs of up to 115 Sunday and Monday, meteorologists said.

“This is not a normal heat wave,” meteorologist Trevor Boucher with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas said.

Times staff writer Nathan Solis contributed to this report.

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