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Wharton tells Memphians to check on others on hot days

(WMC-TV) - As the Mid-South dealt with triple digit temperatures Tuesday, 78-year-old Senell Taylor of Memphis was feeling the heat.

"Stay out in it too long it's gonna burn you," he said.

Taylor said he tries to check on others who are elderly, and any neighbor with medical issues.

"We just go around sometimes and knock on the door and ask, 'You doing alright?'" he said.

"That's something Mayor A C Wharton is asking of every able-bodied person during days of extreme heat.

"It's hot when you see me take my shirt and tie off," Wharton quipped.

Monday, Wharton's office announced a new initiative, "Check on 4 Door to Door".

"You've got to have something to make people 'click,'" he said.

Wharton wants you to commit to checking on at least four neighbors, family members, elderly citizens, or others, whether it be by email, telephone, or knocking on their door.

"Check on four, door to door - anybody can remember that," he said.

Wharton spread the message Tuesday evening during a number of National Night Out events across the city, like on in the Uptown area, where crime and heat were of equal concern.

In addition to the mayor's new initiative, a daytime cooling center at a building on Poplar is now available for the homeless, while others are encouraged to use community centers and libraries to keep cool.

"The best thing I can tell them is stay inside if you can," Wharton said.

Right now, MLGW is not disconnecting any utilities due to non-payment, and its reconnection program can help get the power back on if you're behind on payments.

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