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Salvation Army distributing fans

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Texas Summer is officially here, and many residents will be faced with how to stay cool and hydrated.

The Salvation Army of Kerrville Social Services Office, located at 855 Hays Street, will be distributing a free box fan to individuals with medical conditions, the elderly, or families with young children.

Box fans will be distributed as items are available.

As temperatures approach and exceed 100 degrees, The Salvation Army of Kerrville reminds residents to stay cool and remain hydrated.

The Salvation Army Social Services Office is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon.

For more information contact, 830-257-3620.

As temperatures rise this summer, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging the public to take extra safety precautions to avoid some common heat-related dangers, especially for vulnerable populations like children and the elderly.

“Texas summers heat up quickly. Children are more susceptible than adults to many things, including extreme temperatures,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

“We are urging Texans to take every measure possible to have a safe season. Heat-related injuries and deaths are often preventable, and we all need to be vigilant in protecting ourselves and others,” he said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in just 10 minutes the temperature inside a vehicle can increase by 20 degrees.

Children are more vulnerable to heatstroke, because their body temperatures rise three to five times faster than adults’.

Cracking or rolling down a window makes little difference in reducing the rising temperature in a vehicle. You should never leave a child alone in a vehicle, no matter the circumstance.