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It's hot, but Lexington Police are helping to beat the heat

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LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) -
It is a luxury that the Lexington Police Department knows not everyone has so, they've put together a great program to help people beat the heat.

The whirling blades of this fan, may make all the difference for Calvin Young this weekend.

"I'm a diabetic and I can't stand too much heat, so I try and stay in out of the heat," Calvin Young said.

With Young's air conditioning unit broken, he stopped by the Lexington Police Department and walked out with the perfect solution for his bedroom window.

"I'm alright during the day," Young said. "It's at night I get real hot and muggy."

Lexington Police are plugged in to the need.

"Their air or AC has gone out, they can't afford to replace it or repair it, they're waiting on the service man to come out, so we're trying our very best to provide that assistance for them," Cpl. Doug Lee of the Lexington Police Community Action Team said.

In South Carolina, like most states, air conditioning seems to be a given, but it's not.  The Residential Landlord and Tenant Act requires a property owner to provide running water, reasonable amounts of hot water, and heat, but doesn't require air conditioning.  If the property has a unit, the landlord is required to keep it in working order.  With temps over 100, police are hoping to avoid a heat emergency for those with little means of cooling off.

"If you feel like you need one or you know someone who may need, especially our seniors, all you have to do is give us a call or you can come in there's a piece of paper that you fill out and we just hand you a fan," Lee said.

That cuts through the fears of over heating.

"It's good to know that someone cares, you know, for the older people, and people who have disabilities," Young said.

The department has as many as 50 fans left with the temperatures this weekend they expect those to go quick.

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