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Salt Lake officials asking your help keeping seniors cool by donating fans

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Jun 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-30 15:50:45-04

SALT LAKE CITY - During these sweltering summer days, many stay inside to try to stay cool.

But for some Utah residents, it's just as hot indoors.

These triple-digit temperature are especially hard on seniors and now Salt Lake County leaders are asking your help to keep the elderly cool.

Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services is collecting new fans for seniors who don't have air conditioning.

As officials make their daily rounds delivering meals to about 1,300 elderly residents, they are also making sure the seniors are staying cool in this extreme heat.

Salt Lake County Director of Aging and Adult Services, Becky Kapp, said seniors are the most at risk for heat-related illness and may not always a way to keep cool.

"Sometimes their air conditioning might not be working or sometimes they don't have air conditioning and they don't have the ability to get out and go into cooler places that helps expel that heat," Kapp said.

Kapp said is seniors are able to get out, encourage them to go air conditioned public places like senior centers, libraries or malls.

Right now, Aging and Adult Services has only a few fans available and said it would appreciate your help.

If you would like to donate a new fan, you can drop it off at the Salt Lake County Government Center or any Senior Center in Salt Lake County.

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Fans for seniors

Donate new fans for seniors:
Salt Lake County Government Center
2001 South State Street, S1-600
Salt Lake City, Utah 84190

Donate at any Senior Centers in Salt Lake County
For information, call (385) 468-3200