OEMC Advises Residents About Safety, Warming Center Information

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As Chicago temperatures drop to single digits, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management (OEMC) released tips to better prepare for the upcoming dramatic weather shift.

Make sure your home’s pipelines are in good condition and not exposed to freezing air.

Landlords must abide by the Chicago Heat Ordinance’s mandate to supply heat for rental units during the winter, from Sept. 15 to June 1. Rental unit room temperatures must be at minimum 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees during the evening. If landlords disregard the ordinance, call 3-1-1.

The Chicago Fire Department urges residents to check to see if carbon monoxide detectors are installed in homes from heating systems, as such CO leaks could lead to fatalities

If residents expect to be without heat during this winter, head to one of six community service centers operated by the Department of Family and Support Services.

These community service centers are open from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday. The Garfield Community Service Center, located at 10 South Kedzie, is open 24 hours a day to provide emergency shelters to residents

For additional tips, go to www.alertchicago.com.

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