Wednesday August 2, 2006
Donations of Air Conditioners & Fans Needed
Louisville and many surrounding communities in the South and Midwest are experiencing dangerously high temperatures this week, with little relief expected until the weekend. Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging residents to help each other during this heat wave by donating fans or air conditioners and checking on the well-being of elderly friends and neighbors.
“This is a team effort,” Abramson said. “The city has resources available, but right now we have exhausted our supply of emergency air conditioners for residents with medical conditions.”
The window-unit air conditioners are distributed through the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership to people who do not have air conditioning and who are homebound with medical conditions. The supply of air conditioners has been depleted, but the agency is distributing fans on an emergency basis.
Residents who wish to apply for assistance or would like to donate a new or gently used air conditioner or fan may call 574-1157, ext. 342; or MetroCall 311. So far this summer, CAP has distributed 60 air conditioners and 70 fans.
Resources for Elderly Residents
The city is also working closely with agencies like ElderServe and Meals on Wheels to monitor the health and safety of senior citizens. Meals on Wheels drivers are checking on clients during meal deliveries. ElderServe employees are calling residents daily to monitor their well-being.
Members of Neighborhood Block Watch groups are also being asked to visit elderly friends or acquaintances in their neighborhoods who may have health problems and no air conditioning.
Louisville Metro Police officers are monitoring the health and safety of elderly residents in their divisions.
The city and partner agencies also operate 24 Senior Nutrition Sites in Louisville where residents over the age of 60 may receive a nutritious lunch throughout the year. The meals are generally served at 11:30 a.m.
Residents may enjoy social activities and interaction with peers while having some relief from the heat. Participants should make reservations one day in advance. Lunches are free; donations are appreciated. For a complete list of locations and hours, please call 574-6325 or MetroCall 311. The locations are also available on the City’s website, www.louisvilleky.gov.
Click here to see a list of Human Services service locations in the Louisville Metro area (136kb PDF file), including the Urban Government Center, Senior Nutrition Centers, Adult Day Cares, Office of Youth Development and Neighborhood Places.
Heat Relief at Government Facilities
Residents may cool off by visiting one of the City’s 11 outdoor pools that are operated by Louisville Metro Parks. Weekday hours are generally noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $1.50 for children and $2 for adults. Each pool is closed one day a week for maintenance. To find our more about hours of operation or to find a pool near you, call 897-9949 or MetroCall 311. The list is also available online by visiting www.louisvilleky.gov/metroparks/recreation/summerpools.htm. The Mary T. Meagher indoor facility off Frankfort Avenue is open throughout the year for recreational swimming.
The parks department also operates 17 community centers that are generally open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All of the centers are air-conditioned. For a complete list of locations and hours of operation, call MetroCall 311 or visit www.louisvilleky.gov/metroparks/communitycenters/.
Residents, especially those with children, may visit one of the city’s 17 library branches. The branches are generally open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adults and children may choose to read a book or use a computer. Recreational opportunities for all ages are also offered at many locations. For a complete list of hours, activities and sites, call 574-1611 or MetroCall 311. The information is also available online by visiting www.lfpl.org.
Health Department Heat Tips
The Louisville Metro Health Department has the following recommendations to help residents weather the summer heat:
- If you don’t have air conditioning, keep your shades drawn with windows slightly open to provide ventilation
- Keep lights off
- Avoid using your oven
- Take a cool shower or bath periodically
- Use cool towels and washcloths for temporary relief
- Drink lots of water or natural juices
- Avoid alcohol, coffee and soda and
- Wear loose, cotton clothing.
LG & E is reminding customers to follow the following tips to help reduce the electrical demand on their regional grid:
Close your draperies or blinds during the day to keep out sun and heat, particularly on the southern exposure side of the building. If outside temperatures fall to a comfortable level at night, open drapes and windows.
Set your thermostat to 78°. The energy savings can be significant — as much as five to eight percent of your air conditioning costs for each one degree that you raise the thermostat.
Turn off lights and appliances when they're not in use. Besides wasting electricity, they generate heat.
Cook and use the clothes dryer early in the day, when temperatures are usually cooler.
Use the microwave more because it's less likely to heat up the whole room.
Use desk or ceiling fans. They won't lower the temperature, but they will cool your skin and make you more comfortable. A light breeze will make you feel about 7 degrees cooler.
A variety of TARC routes are also available to residents who may prefer making a trip to their destination in an air-conditioned bus instead of walking.
Residents should be aware of air quality alerts that can occur during the hottest days of summer. Check the Air Pollution Control District's website for more information.
Clean Air Tips
There’s a direct link between our community’s air quality and its health, especially for children and adults with breathing problems. Individual choices can help improve Kentuckiana’s air quality. Get important information about how you can help from KAIRE - Kentuckiana Air Education.