If you're not near a pool, river, or the ocean, you more than likely want to be inside air conditioning during this heat wave. But not everyone has that option, and for some, like senior citizens, that can be particularly dangerous.
Maggie Mae Staton has lived in her Fairfax Avenue home in Greenville for almost 30 years and only uses fans to stay cool. Staton says she wishes she and her grandchildren had air conditioning in weather like this, but she doesn't have the money.
Down the road on Norcott Circle, more fans are buzzing. Dolly Hart lives there with her granddaughter and elderly mother. Like Staton, Hart says central air conditioning isn't an option because of the cost.
Greenville Utilities says box fans are very economical, costing about a penny an hour to operate.
The Pitt County Council on Aging is giving out fans donated by Greenville Utilities to qualifying seniors. They say you must be at least 60-years-old, have no air conditioning and not have received a fan from the organization within the last year .
Many organizations that provide services for senior citizens have similar programs, so you'll want to check where you live if you're in need of a fan.
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