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Cold weather shelters open in Sarasota County

7:27 PM, Jan 16, 2014   |    comments
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Sarasota County, Florida -- The National Weather Service Tampa Bay Office is issuing a cold weather advisory tonight, Jan. 16, and Friday night, Jan. 17.

As a result, Sarasota and Charlotte County emergency managers have coordinated with the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and community faith based partners to provide cold weather shelters for those in need. 

Shelters will open at 9 p.m. on Thursday night at the following locations:

North Port/Port Charlotte

New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port.

Venice

Center of Hope 1216 E. Venice Ave., Venice

Sarasota

Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 10th St. Sarasota

Fire officials advise citizens to use caution when heating their homes.

"The risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increases during cold weather due to the improper use of heating devices," advises North Port Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Berman. "Never run generators or use propane or gas heaters indoors. Be sure that electric space heaters are free from obstructions. Take care not to locate heaters where they can be knocked over by children or pets. Never leave a lighted candle unattended, and always keep objects that could catch fire away from any heating devices."

Also, pets should not be left outside during weather this cold.

For more information, please contact North Port Fire Rescue at (941) 240-8150.

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