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Firefighters go door-to-door checking on residents susceptible to heat

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Memphis Fire Department wants you to know that during this week's extreme heat, it is OK to check on you neighbors.

Tuesday, firefighters hit the streets, going door-to-door in an attempt to save lives.

"We're looking for individuals who are perhaps in danger of the heat," said Alvin Benson, Director of Fire Services for the city of Memphis.

The extreme temperatures have already been blamed for at least nine deaths this year in Shelby County

"The senior citizens and special needs community - they are people who are vulnerable to the heat," Benson said. "You've seen we've had some elderly deaths. We want to make sure these people are contacted."

Tuesday, firefighters checked on citizens to make sure they have what they need to stay cool.  They also urged people to look out for others.

"We're encouraging citizens to call a neighbor, check on your neighbor, call a friend or have a friend to check on a friend," Benson said.

Memphis has also opened four cooling centers to help people avoid the dangerous heat.

"We're doing it all over the city, going door-to-door to make sure people are aware of resources and that they don't have to be hot," Benson said. "There are cooling centers in the city and there is air conditioning available."

The city has established a heat hotline number, which residents can call if they need cooling assistance.  It is (901) 626-2688.

Designated Cooling Centers in Memphis:

  • Ed Rice Community Center
  • Bickford Community Center
  • Riverview Community Center
  • Orange Mound Community Center

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