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Lee County Emergency Management: Precautions suggested for two nights of cold temperatures

By Staff | Feb 18, 2015

Lee County Emergency Management is suggesting precautions for Wednesday tonight and Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for late Wednesday night into Thursday morning, a release from the county states.

“Temperatures will be near 40 degrees with wind chill values from 25-35 degrees,” the release states.

For Thursday night, the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for late Thursday night into Friday morning.

“Temperatures could be at or below 32 degrees for more than two hours,” officials said.

Lee County Emergency Management suggests the following cold weather precautions:

Do not use charcoal or gas grills inside. They 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.

Make sure smoke detectors are 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 outside.

Bring pets inside.

Cover outdoor plants and bring potted plants indoors.

Protect wells and outdoor plumbing from freezing.

The following cold weather shelters will be open Wednesday night:

* The Salvation Army

2476 Edison Avenue

Fort Myers

Registration begins at 7 p.m.

* Fort Myers Rescue Mission

6900 Mission Lane

Fort Myers

Must be in Chapel before 7 p.m.

* Personal cold weather supplies will be available through:

CCMI Cold Weather Street Outreach

Multiple Locations

6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.