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Stevens County Fire District 1 reminds residents about warming shelter

NINE MILE FALLS, Wash. - With the frigid temperatures set to stick around and much of Stevens County recovering from a power outage, Stevens County Fire District 1 says anyone who needs a place to warm up if their power or heating goes out, can do so at their Loon Lake or Suncrest fire stations.

The stations were opened during the power outage, and a number of people took advantage of the resource, with some residents even bringing by supplies for those warming up.

The station has been kept busy this weekend, with house fires in addition to a stranded car with a hypothermic woman inside.

With that the fire chief wants people to travel only as necessary and to stay safe and warm at home.

"Make sure your car is stocked with enough blankets, or alternate heating methods and supplies to last four to eight hours," said Fire District 1 Chief Mike Bucy, if you are planning to go out.

He also says that if you are heating with space heaters to keep them away from furniture, curtains and to unplug them if you are leaving the home.

"Any heater that is using fossil based fuels, kerosene, heating oils, or anything like that you need to monitor carbon monoxide levels in the home," he said.


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