MLGW hopes to save lives with free air conditioner program

(WMC-TV) - With summer only a week away and temperatures in the 90's this week, the next few months could be pretty brutal.

MLGW is helping to keep people cool and possibly save lives with free air conditioners.

Wednesday, the utility will hold its third sign-up and screening at the Neighborhood Christian Center on Jackson Avenue for seniors and disabled residents in Shelby County.

Those who qualify will get one of the remaining 80 donated air conditioning units.

Last year around this time, Action News 5 reported that two people died from heat-related causes within 24 hours of each other.  In total, 2011 saw at least seven deaths related to the heat.

MLGW hopes the new window units will help cut that number down.

Only low-income seniors 60 years of age and older and disabled residents who live in Shelby County are eligible.  Those who pass the first round will have their homes inspected to make sure they meet installation requirements.

Tuesday's sign up is at the Neighborhood Christian Center at 785 Jackson Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Applicants must bring their Tennessee state ID or drivers license, your most recent pay stub, or social security income statement.

If you have a physical disability but do not meet the age requirement, you must show proper certification.

For more information on these requirements, call (901) 881-6013.

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