Cooler Heads Prevail

Consolidated Edison gets plenty of heat when the power goes out. So it should get credit when the city remains cool even as the mercury hits triple digits.

Last week’s heat wave produced no widespread outages even though the city nearly set a record for power consumption on July 5, when the temperature reached 103 degrees. The utility did cut back power in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, but for the most part, New Yorkers were able to keep cool without interruption.

We take this for granted, but we shouldn’t. If Con Edison had not been well prepared, last week could have been hellish-even deadly. Large sections of the city’s population, especially the very old or young, are at risk during heat waves.

So kudos to the men and women of Con Edison for their response to the heat crisis. With any luck, it will be the last such crisis of the summer.