Officials warn public about freezing pipes and use of space heaters

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Warming centers are open across the St. Louis area, as residents and official prepare for single digit temperatures Sunday night.  Both St. Louis city and county officials want people to know that there are places available to escape the cold.

St. Louis city and county have opened five warming shelters tonight. One is at 12th and Park, where the city has arranged transportation for the homeless to try and stay warm.  Police and advocacy groups will have people out on the streets looking for those who are stuck out in the cold.

Another issue facing homeowners is the potential for pipes to freeze as we get into the deep cold overnight.  It’s strongly recommend residents   keep their cabinets open under their sinks to allow some extra heat in.

Also, fire officials say if you're running a space heater, you should be certain that it's not left unattended.