Warming centers activated in freezing temperatures

January 12, 2013 12:03:22 AM PST
While warming centers are activated to keep people protected from the freezing temperatures, experts are advising the rest of us to take precautions to protect our homes. Daniel Saldana of Pacific Plumbing in Fresno recommends the use of insulation tubing to protect pipes. "When it freezes, it wants to bust. Once it busts, we have a big problem on our hands," said Saldana.

The Frank H. Ball Community Center will once again open its doors to anyone who needs a place to sleep. "I want to encourage people, if you know people who don't have shelter, make sure they know there's a place to go tonight. Together we need to get the word out. There's no reason for anyone to be left outside tonight," said Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

The Fresno Rescue Center has also opened a warming center. In the past five days, about 50 people have taken advantage of the facility but Reverend Larry Arce admits some people won't come inside, despite the cold. "They don't have to come if they don't want to, but they're taking a chance. They're risking themselves to the elements. But we, as the Fresno Rescue Mission, are open for anyone who wants to come in," said Arce.

Freezing conditions means warming centers are open, so those without anywhere else to go can get out of the cold.