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City says no plans to open warming centers

The City of Sacramento has issued the following statement via Facebook regarding area warming centers:

“With night temperatures expected to drop into the upper 20’s and low 30’s over the next 3-4 days, representatives of the City and County of Sacramento Office of Emergency Services are monitoring the weather and advising residents to take winter precautions.

“Currently, there are no plans to open warming centers but daily conference calls will be held to assess the situation. Updates will be provided as necessary.”

The City of Sacramento posted the following tips to help you prepare:
Below are several tips and recommendations for dealing with the cold weather.

  • Check on elderly family members, friends, or neighbors.  Elderly and those with serious medical conditions are at risk. Please be sure to check in on community members that might be vulnerable during this cold spell.
  • Bring your pets indoors. A dog or cat left outside in severe cold weather can die quickly from exposure. Bring your pets inside when temperatures start to dip near freezing.
  • Carbon Monoxide is a “silent killer.” It is not OK to heat the inside of your home with any kind of BBQ, propane heater, or any other fuel fired equipment. Only use heaters that were installed with your home and those that are designed to be used indoors. Make sure that your natural gas furnaces and other appliances are in good, clean working order.
  • Freezing pipes.  Insulate outdoor pipes that lead into your home.  Seal with caulk around the pipes that lead into and out of your home. Inside your home, leave bathroom and under sink cabinets open to help warm the water.  If your pipes freeze, leave your tap on and call the plumber. You can defrost your pipes using a hair dryer on a low setting, working your way slowly from the faucet to where your pipe enters the wall. City residents who need to have their water turned off in order to make repairs to their lines may call 311 or County residents can call 916-875-RAIN or 875-7246 for more information.
  • Reduce your vehicle speed. If the temperature stays below 32 degrees, there will be a high probability you will see black ice. Be extra cautious when going over bridges and/or overpasses.  Leave extra spacing between vehicles in front of you.
  • Watch for tree limbs. As temperatures dip, trees become vulnerable to limbs snapping. In such instances, City emergency response crews will arrive on scene and work diligently to restore the free-flow of traffic or abate hazardous situations.   City residents may call 311 or for service or County residents can call 916-875-5171 for more information.

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