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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Mayor Rilling Activates Warming Centers through the Weekend as Temperatures Drop

(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, January 17, 2024, Mayor Rilling announced that he has activated the City’s warming centers through the weekend due to the freezing temperatures and encourages anyone needing further support or overnight shelter to call our Norwalk Community Resource Hub at (203) 854-7999 or 2-1-1.

Beginning this evening, the forecast projects temperatures could reach a low of 19 degrees with wind chill values between 10 and 20 miles per hour (mph). On Thursday, temperatures range from a high of 33 degrees to a low of 26 degrees. On Friday, temperatures range from a high of 30 degrees to a low of 17 degrees, with a chance of snow showers. Weekend temperatures also project freezing temperatures. By Monday, temperatures are expected to reach 36 degrees. 

Residents in need of warming options can access the following: 

  • The Norwalk Police Department Community Room is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; 
  • The Main Library and
  • The South Norwalk Library

Anyone in need of further shelter options should call our Norwalk Community Resource Hub at (203) 854-7999 to work directly with a support specialist ready to help residents navigate local housing options. Residents can also call 2-1-1. Calling 2-1-1 will allow community members to connect with local shelters and access transportation support to a shelter or community-based providers.

If possible, the City also recommends residents in need of shelter consider visiting friends and family members who have access to warm, secure living spaces during this period.  

Furthermore, the City wants to remind residents to take all safety precautions during extremely cold weather, including wearing layers when outside and not staying outside for lengthy periods of time. 


 Residents should also remember to take all safety precautions when warming their homes, especially when planning to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater. Below are safety tip reminders from the CDC:

  • Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats.
    • Fireplace that is up to code with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace.
    • Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters. Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area.
  • Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Make sure to keep them away from any flammable materials, like curtains or blankets.
  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak gas from the flue or exhaust into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Make sure you have proper ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.
  • Keep heat sources, like space heaters, at least 3 feet away from drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard, but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.

Furthermore, we encourage residents to monitor the weather and the National Weather Service as conditions change. FEMA and the American Red Cross have helpful apps that can provide real-time weather updates. For additional winter weather safety tips, please visit www.norwalkct.org/snow.

 

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