Summer heat arrived early in North Texas this year. In an effort to provide relief to households which may suffer through the record temperatures without air conditioning, the McKinney Fire Department and the Community Lifeline Center have partnered with the McKinney Noon Lions Club and TXU Energy to provide box fans to vulnerable populations.
“Our objective is to prevent heat-related emergencies, and subsequently to save lives,” said Stacie Durham, Fire & Life Safety Education Coordinator for the McKinney Fire Department. “We don’t want anyone to suffer in this heat that can be life-threatening.”
Through the generosity of the McKinney Noon Lions Club and a grant from TXU Energy, the McKinney Fire Department and the Community Lifeline Center will host a fan distribution event at the Wysong Central Fire Station, 301 N. McDonald St., on Monday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or for as long as the supply of fans lasts. Parking for the event is at the rear (west side) of the station.
Proof of residence is required, and all TXU Energy customers are required to bring a copy of their electric bill. Fan recipients will also receive hot weather safety/survival tips, fire and life safety educational materials, and information on keeping energy bills as low as possible. In addition, residents can schedule a safety visit to their home for installation of free smoke alarms.
“Our mission is to assist residents in managing short-term crises using a variety of approaches and resources. Community Lifeline Center received a generous grant from TXU Energy allowing us to purchase fans for distribution to citizens whose lives may be endangered by this drastic heat. By combining our fans with fans generously donated by the McKinney Noon Lions Club, we are able to reach a broader audience and make an even more positive impact on our community,” said Christine Hockin-Boyd, Community Lifeline Center Executive Director.
As an added benefit, TXU Energy customers who meet qualifications will also be able to inquire about receiving window air conditioning units, ceiling fans and weatherization kits for their homes.
If you, members of your family, or your friends or neighbors are in need of a fan, please plan to attend the Beat the Heat Fan Give-Away on June 20. If you have questions, please call the McKinney Fire Department at 972-547-2893 or the Community Lifeline Center at 972-542-0020.