Temperatures in the 100-degree range can be dangerous for older citizens in our community. That’s why Washoe County Senior Services is collecting new electric fans, to give to seniors who may not be able to afford them. Grady Tarbutton of Washoe County Senior Services in Reno says they hope to collect about 400 fans this year. “We've already given away 125 fans,” he said. “We expect to give away a couple hundred more."
Nancy Millen picked up a small electric fan at the senior center on East 9th Street on Monday. She appreciates the hundreds of fans that have been donated to help those who can't afford them. “I think that's so wonderful of them doing that because there are a lot of needy people here that really, really need them," she said.
The electric fans are just one way seniors can stay cool. Tarbutton offers more tips for seniors. "Make sure they drink plenty of water, just stay out of the direct sun. Stay cool as much as possible,” he said.
"We're always concerned about seniors in their homes. There are people who are on medications, they're just frail-- that can really be put at risk by this heat. So we want them to be safe," Tarbutton added.
Experts say it's also important to check in on seniors who live alone. "We try to tell people to watch out for their family members, maybe check on them once or twice a day. Especially if they have concerns about them if they don't have air conditioning," Tarbutton explained. For more information on how to donate a fan or to get one from Washoe County Senior Services, go to their website: WashoeCounty.us/seniorsrv.