HOUSTON, TX - Summer time is here and temperatures are rising. Common sense tells us to turn the AC unit on, and stay cool. However, many folks in Houston, especially the elderly, don't have access to proper air conditioning.
As part of the "Beat the Heat" campaign, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, the Harris County Area Agency on Aging and Reliant / NRG are partnering to donate315 portable air conditioners to seniors and disabled residents, who are particularly vulnerable to the heat. They can apply for an air conditioner by calling 832-393-4301.
In order to beat the heat, HDHHS recommends staying hydrated, using sun block and avoiding high temperatures as much as possible. In case you don't have air conditioning at home, the agency encourages you to go to a library, a shopping mall or a community center. Adults should also check on elderly relatives, friends or neighbors for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
So now you know: stay safe. Being cool has never been so hot.