Mayor Wharton warns Memphians about heat dangers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mayor Wharton warns Memphians about heat dangers

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton one again warned residents about the dangers of the scorching heat Thursday.

"In many instances, by the time individuals are in trouble, it's too late," said Wharton.  "They think, oh it's just a little hot, I'm just a little sweaty.  Please do not take these temperatures lightly."

Wharton is asking citizens of Memphis to "Check on Four Door to Door."  He urged residents to check on at least four neighbors or family members to make sure they are staying cool.

"Obviously, physically checking on the door would be good, but call if you don't get a response," said Wharton.

City workers will be checking on senior citizens who MLGW has identified as not having current utility service.  The mayor will also be delivering four air conditioners to senior citizens who currently do not have one.

"To help those customers understand what the utility can do to assist them as our meter readers go out every day to perform their functions, we had them deliver flyers to those customers and have them understand what was available to them from the utility," said Clint Richardson with MLGW.

During the heat wave, MLGW said it will not disconnect any utilities due to non-payment.

"To determine which customers may be affected by the extreme heat, we've basically identified which customers have been disconnected in the last couple of months, and that number totaled about 1,800," said Richardson.

Meanwhile, residents looking for relief from the heat are being encouraged to use one of the city's designated cooling centers.

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