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Rock County opens warming shelters

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ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) -- The American Red Cross has teamed up with local organizations in Rock County to open warming shelters in these extremely cold temperatures.

In Beloit, St. John's Lutheran Church will be open until 9a.m. Friday Dec. 13.

That's at 1000 Bluff Street.

In Janesville, Cargill United Methodist Church at 2000 Wesley Ave. will be open until 7a.m. Thursday.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office says the low temperatures and extreme wind chills can be potentially dangerous, even life-threatening to humans and animals.

They're reminding residents of these tips to stay safe:

-Stay indoors as much as possible to limit exposure to the cold.

-Check on your family, friends and neighbors that are at risk and may need additional assistance.

-Ensure all pets and animals have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water at all times. When possible and appropriate, bring pets indoors during the frigid conditions.

-Prepare your vehicles with emergency kits including blankets, an ice scraper, and flashlight. Be sure to keep your vehicle's fuel tank above half full.

-Ensure home safety as furnaces have to work extra hard during these extreme temperatures. It is important to remember fire safety during the winter including proper maintenance and monitoring of all heat sources. Be sure that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order and prepare escape plans in the event of a winter fire.

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