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Contact: Kerry Francis 
News Date: February 03, 2022

Columbus Recreation and Parks Community Centers to Help Residents Keep Warm

COLUMBUS – With bitterly cold temperatures forecasted, Columbus Recreation and Parks will open warming centers at five community centers to give residents a place to keep warm during this Friday’s cold temperatures: the Barnett, Dodge, Linden, Marion Franklin and Thompson community centers will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4. Contact information for the centers is available online.
As a reminder, masks are required in all City buildings, and residents should practice social distancing when possible.
To stay healthy and safe in extremely cold weather, Columbus Public Health suggests:
Try to stay indoors. If you must go outdoors, make trips brief, dress in several layers of loose clothing and wear a hat and gloves.
Stay dry and out of the wind.
Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia such as slurred speech, confusion, uncontrollable shivering, stumbling, drowsiness and body temperature of less than 95°. Get immediate medical attention if you think someone has frostbite or hypothermia.
Keep emergency supplies in your car.
Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors.
Bring pets indoors.