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Lee County, LCEC offer cold weather advice

January 3, 2018
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The National Weather Service has advised temperatures will drop into the mid-30s tonight through Saturday morning, with even colder wind chill values during nighttime hours, according to Lee County officials.

Lee County Emergency Management encouraged the public to take the following cold weather precautions:

- Do not use charcoal or gas grills inside as they can produce deadly carbon monoxide.

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- Be careful with space heaters. Keep them away from flammable items such as curtains and upholstery. Inspect the heater and electrical cord before use. Do not use extension cords or heaters with defective power cords.

- You may notice a foul smell for a few minutes if you have not turned on your heat yet this winter. If there is an odor of smoke or smoke visible after turning on the heat, call 911.

- Using fuel-fired appliances indoors for heat is dangerous. Read the manufacturer's instructions and follow all directions for use.

- Make sure your smoke detector is working.

- Check on neighbors, friends and relatives. The elderly and children are especially vulnerable to cold temperatures.

- Stay indoors or dress warmly in layers. Wear a hat if you will be outside.

- Bring pets inside.

- Cover outdoor plants and bring potted plants indoors.

The Salvation Army will expand its sheltering capacity through Saturday morning for those needing shelter from the cold weather. Registration begins at 7 p.m. at the site, at 2476 Edison Ave. in Fort Myers.

In addition, LCEC offered the following tips as the temperature dips:

- If at all possible, resist the urge to turn on the heat. Heating your home can cost two to three times more than cooling it. Even a few days of running the heat will raise your electric bill since it is the most intense use of electric energy in the average home and is the most expensive electric appliance. Instead, consider using an electric blanket or space heater to keep you and your loved ones warm during a cold snap, but be sure to read all the manufacturer instructions before use.

- Bundle up in layers. Blankets, sweatshirts, socks - you name it. All will keep you toasty without heating up your electric bill.

- Move around. Exercise in any form will warm up your body while getting your blood flowing.

- Fire up your fireplace if you are lucky enough to have one. Just be sure to use it safely.

- If you must heat your home, LCEC recommends setting the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit when heating the home.

Source: Lee County and LCEC



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