RICHARDSON – As the cold temperatures continue to blanket the area causing many people to find warmth, a reminder about keeping you and your family safe.

Barbeque grills should not be used indoors because people can run the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Warming up a car inside a garage is another way people are exposed to CO poisoning.

“It’s important for people to have carbon monoxide detectors at home. These devices can alert you if you’re having a carbon monoxide issue. Detectors should be installed in the center of the home or near the bedrooms where you can hear them if they go off,” said Wesley Caskey, Richardson Fire Marshal. 

There are ways to keep warm during the area’s winter weather. Warming Centers are available for basic shelter from the cold and to help recharge electric devices. Locations include:

  • Fire Station #3 (lobby)
    2519 Custer Pkwy
    Open 24-hours

  • First Baptist Church
    1001 N Central Expressway
    Open until 5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17 (will re-evaluate operating hours as needed)
    (Pets must be kept in a crate)

  • First United Methodist Church
    503 N Central Expressway
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    (Pets allowed but must be on a leash and preferably in a crate)

  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center
    2831 E President George Bush Hwy
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Richardson Civic Center
    411 W Arapaho Rd.
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    (Pets must be in a crate or on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times)

  • Richardson Police Department HQ Lobby
    200 N Greenville Ave
    Open 24-hours

  • Richardson YMCA
    821 Custer Rd
    10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • St Philopateer Orthodox Church
    1440 E Campbell Rd.
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    (Pets not allowed)

  • Office Building Operated by Durkin Properties LLC
    500 Lockwood Dr. (at Custer Rd. and Lockwood Dr.)
    Open until further notice
  • Woodcreek Church
    3400 E. Renner Rd.
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.