Fort Wayne opens warming centers

FILE: Salvation Army off North Clinton Street

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As another round of dangerously cold temperatures moves into the area, the city of Fort Wayne is opening warming centers.

Starting Monday, a warming station will be at the Community Center at 233 W. Main St. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Salvation Army, located at 2901 N. Clinton St., will also be a warming station. That location will also be an overnight shelter and it opens at 9 a.m. Monday.

“We’re facing another serious weather situation in our community,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We want residents to be as safe as possible. If needed, please utilize the resources we’re setting up. I also encourage residents to check on friends and neighbors.”

The Community Center and Salvation Army will continue to serve as warming stations until further notice.

Fort Wayne’s Department of Animal Care & Control is also reminding pet owners to limit the amount of time dogs spend outside and to not let cats outside at all. For more on pet safety, click here.

If you’re driving in this weather, make sure you’re properly prepared ahead of time by checking different parts of your car and stocking for an emergency. Here are some car prep tips:

  • Tire tread — Air pressure in tires decreases in cold weather so get them checked out. Tires should not be worn down to less than 1/16 of an inch. Check tires once a week and make sure your tires are properly rotated and aligned. You might want to check into snow tires.
  • Warm it up — Let your car warm up 1 to 2 minutes so the oil can circulate throughout the vehicle.
  • Frozen out — If your lock freezes up, use a light or match to heat the key. You can also use a lock de-icer. To keep your doors from freezing shut, your best bet is to keep your car in a garage. But if you don’t have a garage you can apply a coat of petroleum jelly to the door’s hinges and latches. You can also place a plastic trash bag between the door or window glass and the frame. Do not throw hot water on the car: It will freeze.
  • Emergency kit — Stock your trunk with a snow shovel, an ice scraper, jumper cables, a flashlight, a blanket, bag of sand/kitty litter, clothing, water, nonperishable food and a can of tire inflator.
  • Check your fluids — Replace your antifreeze every two years. Check your oil. Make sure your water pumps and thermostats work. Check radiators and hoses for cracks and leaks and test heaters and defrosters for proper operation. Always keep the gas as full as possible.
  • Battery — Make sure terminals are clean and tightened. If you suspect your battery won’t survive the season, have a mechanic check it out.

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