As the state heads into warmer weather, eligible adults at risk for heat-related illnesses can sign up with their area aging agency to receive a fan or air conditioner.
The program, Operation Fan Heat Relief, for residents 60 and older, and adults with disabilities, began Monday and ends Oct. 31.
A list of local agencies distributing fans is available on the program website.
At-risk populations also can take the following steps during high temperatures:
- Increase fluid intake.
- Regularly spend time in cool or air-conditioned environments regularly.
- Reduce strenuous activity during the afternoon.
- Speak with their physician before summer about how to stay safe while taking medication that can affect the body’s ability to cool itself.
For more details, may contact their Area Agencies on Aging or the Division of Aging and Adult Services at 919-855-3400.
Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, Dominion and Valassis marketing company donate to the program. Last year 3,793 fans and 23 air conditioners were distributed.