By NIKKI YOUNK
FLORENCE, Wis. - Florence County authorities still plan to make warming shelters available to any residents who run out of propane gas to heat their homes.
There is currently a propane shortage in the region, and cold temperatures are in the forecast for this weekend and next week.
Officials from the Florence County Sheriff's Department said this morning that they have not yet received any requests for shelter.
Anyone who needs shelter should contact the sheriff's department at 1-800-235-9897.
Florence County Health Department Director Annette Seibold wanted to remind residents of some home heating tips and safety measures.
Seibold suggested that propane users turn down their thermostats and hot water heaters to conserve the propane that they already have. Users should also check the current levels of their tanks, she added.
Residents who want to supplement their heat with home heating devices should not use extension cords, Seibold warned, due to the risk of overtaxing the electrical circuits.
More heating devices could also mean a higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
"Furnaces and fireplaces may be working overtime," said Seibold. "Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector."
She also urged residents to not:
- Run gasoline or propane heaters or grills inside the home.
- Run a vehicle in an enclosed space.
- Place generators too close to the home or next to a window or door.
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