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Providence Residents Urged to Exercise During Cold Weather Conditions


Providence Residents Urged to Exercise During Cold Weather Conditions
Three Providence Recreation Centers Open Monday (1/21) 11:30AM-6:00PM

Providence, RI – City officials are warning residents to take precautions as low temperatures are forecasted for Monday with increased wind chill. Prolonged exposure to extreme cold weather can cause hypothermia and frostbite. The City is urging residents to remember to check on family, the elderly, or others with access and functional needs to make sure they are safe.

Following FEMA recommendations, the City has provided the following cold weather tips:

*   Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles; keep such devices away from all flammable materials
*   Install recommended smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (at least one of each per floor in your home)
*   Stay indoors and use safe heating sources
*   Indoors, do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices, such as grills, that produce carbon monoxide
*   Outdoors, stay dry and in wind protected areas
*   Wear a hat or hood to prevent heat from escaping the body and several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing, covering all exposed skin during exposure
*   Bring household pets inside, if possible
*   Wear mittens, a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs
*   Watch for signs of frostbite – Skin appears white and waxy, numbness or no feeling in that area and/or possible blisters

*   Watch for signs of hypothermia – Shivering and numbness, confusion or dizziness, stumbling and weakness, slow or slurred speech and shock

The City of Providence has also opened up the following three Providence Recreation Centers from 11:30AM-6:00PM today, January 21:

Joslin Recreation Center
17 Hyatt St., Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-680-7354

Selim Madelin Rogers Recreation Center
60 Camden Ave., Providence RI 02908
Phone: 401-680-7358

Vincent Brown Recreation Center
438 Hope St., Providence RI 20906
Phone: 401-680-7362

All three facilities are open to the public. All residents under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you or someone you know is in need of overnight shelter from the cold, call the United Way at 2-1-1 and they will direct you to a nearby facility. At this time, those seeking EMERGENCY shelter should go to Crossroads RI. For a list of warming shelter schedules and locations visit PEMA’s website here<http://www.providenceri.gov/pema/providence-warming-centers/>. Hours are subject to change, for more information hours of operation contact the facility directly.

To report a non-emergency issue download the PVD311 application on the Apple Store or Google Play store for 24/7 submissions.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED for up-to-date emergency notifications or download the application here<file:///C:/Users/Ecrowell/Documents/here>.

In the case of any and all emergencies contact 9-1-1.