Texas faces the most significant heat wave since the summer of 1980, and excessively hot weather can be dangerous or even deadly. If you do not have access to air conditioning, the Salvation Army, located at 600 Wilson Creek Pkwy., offers a cool place to visit during normal business hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The McKinney Fire Department offers the following tips for hot weather survival:
–Never leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle. The inside temperature of a vehicle can climb hundreds of degrees in a matter of minutes.
–Drink at least 5 to 7 ounces of cool water every 15 to 20 minutes. Avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
–Take frequent breaks in cool places.
–When outside, keep your body shaded as much as possible. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeve clothing, and use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher rating.
–Young children and the elderly are extremely susceptible to the dangers of excessively hot weather. Check frequently on family, friends, and neighbors who are elderly, ill, or may be in need of assistance.
–Familiarize yourself with heat related illnesses. If you or someone you know begins to experience symptoms, stop working, go to a cool place, drink cool water and seek medical attention.
If your home needs energy-efficiency or minor repairs, the City of McKinney offers eligible homeowners Minor Repair Assistance through its Housing Rehabilitation Program. This city-wide program offers repairs up to $12,000 on replacement or repair of an air conditioner, plumbing, electrical, windows or other minor repairs necessary to improve safe living conditions and energy efficiency. The program is funded through the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
“We offer repair services year-round but with record-breaking temperatures this summer, we especially encourage homeowners to contact our department. Many owners are pleasantly surprised they meet eligibility to take advantage of this opportunity,” Shirletta Best, CDBG Administrator.
For more information, contact Christine Lawton at 972-547-2663, stop by the Community Services Department at 314 S. Chestnut St., or visit the website at www.mckinneytexas.org.