Friday, June 27, 2014

Salvation Army, KCP&L to give out free electric fans

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Salvation Army and KCP&L are teaming up to help Kansas City residents beat the heat this summer.

Volunteers with The Salvation Army and KCP&L will provide free electric fans to those who need one Wednesday, July 2 in the parking lot of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2310 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., from 8 to 10 a.m. or until the supply runs out.

The free fans will be available one per household, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Volunteers with KCP&L’s Extreme Heat Team will direct vehicles through a drive-through lane and hand out fans and heat safety information.

The KCP&L Extreme Heat Relief Program is being coordinated by The Salvation Army through a donation from KCP&L. Additional distribution sites and times will be announced as the need arises during the summer.

The Salvation Army and KCP&L are committed to helping area residents stay safe during times of extreme heat.

“The safety of our customers during extreme heat is our top priority,” said Elizabeth Danforth, KCP&L Director of Public Affairs. “We want to help our customers stay cool this summer by providing them with an electric fan and some simple heat relief tips.”

A few tips include:
  • Seek a cool public place, such as a library or mall if you don’t have air conditioning or fans. Call United Way 2-1-1 for assistance or more information about public cooling centers in Missourior Kansas. 
  • Use ceiling and portable fans to circulate air. 
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity. 
  • Wear loose fitting, lightweight, natural fiber clothing.  
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in enclosed vehicles. It takes only a few minutes for a closed up vehicle to reach temperatures in excess of 140 degrees.
For more information about this event, please contact Chris DiMaso, 816-968-0405.