WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Center for Senior Activities is open to the public as a warming center on Friday and Saturday, Human Services Director Elaine Daignault announced.
The center, located at 21 Imperial Ave., is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
“Folks are welcome to come in for a cup of coffee, charge their phones, and stay warm and comfortable,” said Director Sue Pfister. Contact the Center at (203) 341-5099 with any questions.
The public is also invited to warm up at the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Those concerned about a resident who may be in need should contact the Department of Human Services at (203) 341-1050. Those seeking additional shelter information should call 2-1-1.
Officials also offered several tips on how to protect homes from the cold:
- Reduce wind drafts that transport cold air from outside to inside the house by making sure that all exterior windows and doors are air tight.
- Open kitchen and bathroom sink cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing.
- Allow faucets to drip slowly to keep unheated pipes from freezing. Keeping them open relieves pressure that builds between the faucet and ice blockage.
- Don't turn the heat down too much if you are going away. Leave the heat set to at least 55 degrees.
- Know where and how to shut off the main water supply in case of a ruptured pipe.
- Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel.
- Never use a stove, oven, or grill to heat your home.
- Place space heaters on level hard surfaces at least three feet from anything flammable. Never leave them unattended.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and quickly move to fresh air if the alarm sounds.
Residents are asked to check on seniors, infants, those with chronic health problems and those with mental health conditions, to make sure that they are in safely and adequately heated dwellings.
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