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Covington's public safety community to give away fans to elderly

COVINGTON -- With this summer set to go into the record books as the hottest in decades, it is important to remember not everyone has access to air conditioning. Among the most vulnerable are senior citizens who often live in older homes which are not equipped with air conditioning or who may be trying to live frugally and turn the thermostat up.

The Covington Fire Department, the Covington Police Department, Covington/Newton 911 Center and Walmart have banded together to alleviate this situation by donating fans to any senior citizen who doesn't have proper cooling in their home.

Those who have need of the fans can come to the Community Room of Fire Station 1 at 2101 Pace St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1, 2 and 3.

"The Police Who Care Fund and the fire department have donated funds, Walmart has helped with the price of the fans and the 911 Center is helping with manpower," said CFD Fire Safety Educator Randy Ross.

There will be a limit of two fans per household.

Ross said the idea for the project came when a firefighter visited the home of a local elderly man.

"That man had a fan in a little vat of water trying to make himself a make-shift air conditioner," Ross said.

He pointed out that another advantage of having the residents come in for the fan giveaway would be the opportunity to speak with them about smoke alarms and ask them about any problems they may be having with crime. Representatives from both the fire and police departments will be on hand to discuss concerns with them.

For more information or to donate to this project, call 770-385-2100.