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Coping with the Cold

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People all across the Metro are finding ways to cope with the cold.  We talked with the store manager at the Lowe’s in Flowood, who says, customers have been buying heaters and space heaters all day.

Capt. Jeff Pinter of the Brandon Fire Department urges caution when using these units.  He warns do not use an extension cord, always plug the units into the wall.

"Extension cords can get hot spots in them and can break down over time," explains Capt. Pinter.

He adds, people should adhere to the three-foot rule, which means you shouldn't have anything that's flammable near the heaters.  Also, make sure you turn off the space heaters every time you leave the room or when you go to bed.

"It’s important to do that because when you go to sleep you're not really paying attention to it and you got stuff around to catch fire through the night,” comments Angelo Sewell, whose parents were buying an electric heater at Lowe’s.

Because of the freezing overnight temperatures, shelters are open around the Metro.  Gateway Mission Men's Shelter expects to fill all of its bed tonight.  It’s located at 410 South Gallatin Street.  We’re told the shelter has 40 beds available, plus an extra 25 cots if the need goes up.

Also, the city of Jackson is working with Stewpot's Opportunity Center to provide emergency shelter for individuals in need today and tomorrow.   The center is located at 845 West Amite Street.

Veterinarians are also urging pet owners to make sure their animals are warm whenever the temperatures drop.  Doctor Leon Dale of the Briarwood Animal Hospital suggests bringing your cats and dogs inside if possible.  If not, get your pets out of the wind and give them warm blankets and towels to keep warm.

"The main thing is to get them out of the cold.  We see pets all the time walking on the side of the road, but our pets don't need to be that way.  They need to be warm and dry and get them off the ground,” Dr. Dale tells News Channel 12.

Dr. Dale says you need to feed your pets more during the winter months because they burn more calories.  And, keep a close eye on them, they can also get illnesses.

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