Cold Weather Shelter Listings

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 *   Salvation Army Center of Hope, 1400 Tenth St. - open at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


 *   Center of Hope Church, 1216 E. Venice Ave. - open at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


 *   St. David's Episcopal Church, 401 S. Broadway - open at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday if the temperature drops below 40 degrees.

 North Port/Port Charlotte

 *   New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port - open at 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.

 *   Salvation Army, 2120 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte - open at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Pets shouldn't be left outside during cold weather. People who need to be outside overnight or during early morning hours are encouraged to dress in several warm layers and limit skin exposure to the wind.

Fire officials advise citizens to use caution when heating their homes. The risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increases during very cold weather due to the improper use of heating devices. Extreme caution is advised.

"Never use propane or gas heaters indoors," McCrane said. "Be sure that electric space heaters are free from obstructions and aren't located where they can be knocked over by children or pets. Never leave a lighted candle unattended and always keep flammable objects away from heating devices."