TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — As the heat increases, so does the risk of heat-related ailments for the elderly in our community, many of whom can't afford air conditioning.
Elder Care provides free fans for seniors all year round, but as we get into the summer months, the need for fans increases as does the need for fan donations.
The Keep Seniors Cool Fan Drive starts in mid-June. Elder Care officials say that is when the temperatures really start to get uncomfortable and many seniors are scared to leave their A/C running, if they even have one, because of the cost.
Ed Gines says it is going to be a long hot summer and there is an urgent need for fan donations because staying cool can mean the difference between life and death for some seniors.
Sometimes a fan can make all the difference.
"When you go in and it's ranging in the mid-90's indoors and a lot of times that can create a lot of physical issues and health hazards," said Gines, the Elder Care Services solutions specialist.
Last year, Elder care Services handed out 650 fans. They currently have 85 fans ready to go for those in need.
They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seniors can go by during those hours to see if they are eligible for a fan. They have to be 60 and over and have issues keeping their homes cool.
If you do want to donate a fan, or three, box-fans are recommended but any kind of fan is appreciated. New fans are preferred but gently used ones are also accepted.
The City of Tallahassee utilities offers free weatherization programs where they will come to your home or apartment, if you qualify, and put weather-stripping on the doors and windows to minimize the loss of cool air. For more information call 850-891-4968.