Cold weather tips: keeping your family and pets safe

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Cold temperatures will soon be descending on SWFL, with the coolest air passing through Wednesday night and lasting until Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has advised temperatures will drop into the mid-30s, with even colder wind chills during nighttime hours.

To prepare for the weather, Lee County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to take precautions in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. Below are some helpful tips.

  • Do not use charcoal or gas grills inside as they can produce deadly carbon monoxide
  • 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 haven’t turned on your heat yet this winter. If there is an odor of smoke or smoke visible after turning on the heat, call 911
  • 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
  • Bring pets inside
  • Cover outdoor plants and bring potted plants indoors

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