City of Cleveland Encourages Safety During Cold Weather

As temperatures in the city are expected to remain below freezing, the City of Cleveland would like to emphasize that the public take proper safety precautions to prevent cold related health issues for themselves, family, friends, neighbors, and pets.


The city has designated four recreation centers to remain open 24 hours, until further notice, to serve as warming centers for the public. The recreation centers to remain open are Glenville, Zelma-George, Michael Zone, and Fairfax. Residents seeking relief from the frigid temperatures may visit the centers for shelter, warmth and wash facilities.

View contact information for city recreation centers here

The City of Cleveland would also like to remind the public that effective December 10, 2014, a comprehensive set of new ordinances designed to protect animals, especially in the extreme weather, are in effect. Under these new ordinances, if an animal in the City of Cleveland is housed outside there must be:

View the full animal neglect ordinance here

  • A structure for shelter and protection that is suitable for the species, age, condition, size, and type of that animal.
  • Completely enclosed and insulated.
  • Moisture-resistant, wind-resistant, and of suitable size and type to allow the animal to stand, turn about freely.
  • Made of a durable material with a solid, moisture-proof floor.
  • Supplied with proper bedding of straw or similar material that remains dry.

The best way to fight off the cold is to stay indoors, with heat! If your home is inadequately heated, go to a neighbor’s or relative’s house, or one of the City of Cleveland warming centers to keep warm. Keep these other tips in mind to stay safe and healthy during cold:

  • If you must go out, bundle up in layers and keep a hat on that head!
  • Limit your time outdoors.
  • Keep dry. If you get wet, change out of any wet clothing quickly to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and drink warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Get medical help as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your car and home are ready for winter.
  • Bring pets indoors.