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Local Businesses Help Metro Detroit Stay Cool During Heat Wave

Dan Kilpatrick, of Northville, lumbered through his six-hour route in Livonia, despite the blistering heat

June 18, 2018 - 7:06 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) --  "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

So reads the unofficial creed of the United States Postal Service.

Monday saw an emphasis on the word "heat' as temperatures reached well into the 90s. A Heat Advisory was in effect until 6 p.m.

Dan Kilpatrick, of Northville, lumbered through his six-hour route in Livonia, despite the blistering heat. He told Newsradio 950's Jason Scott he was particularly thankful for the breeze -- and bottled water -- Monday.

“Well, I’m just taking one step at a time," Kilpatrick said. "I’m just making sure I keep all my deliveries accurate and try not to let the heat get to me. But thankfully there’s a breeze; that helps.”

Kilpatrick said he makes sure he is stocked up on cold bottled water, but today's heat wave wasn't the worst he has endured during his time as a postman.

"A few summers ago we had a heat wave where it was peaking at 100 for a week at a time and you just didn’t want to go out period," Kilpatrick said. "You just go through the motions and even though it’s uncomfortable, you do what you have to do.”

Meanwhile, Marv's Dairy Dan along Wayne Road in Westland was a popular spot for customers trying to beat the heat. 

Owner Julie Skore said the best way to beat the heat is ice cream, and people line up along to get treats from premium soft serve, to shakes and malts, to slushies and flurries. 

"I'm beyond exhausted," Skore said. "We are open 11 (a.m) to 11 (p.m.)."

As metro Detroit residents fire up the air conditioners, Brian Stavola -- General Manager of Family, Heating, Cooling and Electrical in Garden City -- says their phones have been ringing off the hook.

“Right now, the biggest concern is how fast we can get out there," Stavola told WWJ. "People who have health issues or just can’t live without air conditioning, those are the people who are like, ‘when can you come? What is the quickest?’”

Stavola said it is important to keep your air conditioner and furnace filters clean.

"Most people think of just air conditioning and don’t think of the filter itself," he said. "And really, the main job of an air conditioner is to blow cold air. As long as it’s cooling, that’s a sign that it’s working.”

Stavola said if you start to notice units freezing up or ice and water building up around the furnace that isn't normally there, those are concerns that something is going on.”

Temperatures are expected to drop off rapidly Monday night and remain below 80 for most of the remainder of the week.