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.