the icicles hanging from the one way sign, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Natalie Litz’s photostream

Outdoor pets law to be enforced; Mayor Peduto asks residents to check on neighbors

PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 15, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is opening four regional warming centers today to help residents through dangerously low temperatures and wind chills.

The centers are:

  • Greenfield Senior Center, 745 Greenfield Ave.
  • Homewood Senior Center, 7321 Frankstown Ave.
  • Sheraden Senior Center, 720 Sherwood Ave.
  • South Side Market House Senior Center, 12th St. & Bingham St.

The four centers will be open from 1-9 p.m. today. All senior centers will be open tomorrow as scheduled.

Temperatures may reach a low of 10 degrees below freezing over the next 24 hours and the National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory through 10 a.m. Monday. Those going outside for extended periods of time without adequate protection run the risk of suffering frostbite and hypothermia.

All Pittsburgh police and other emergency personnel will be asked to check on homeless individuals, advise them of the extreme cold, and if necessary transport them to shelters or warming centers. Animal Control will also enforce city law prohibiting pets from being left outside during the extreme weather.

“This is the kind of time when Pittsburghers come together to protect those who are less fortunate. Please lend a hand to those who don’t have shelter, and check on elderly or infirm neighbors to make sure they are OK,” Mayor William Peduto said. “It’s not only the right thing to do, but it could be a matter of life and death.”

The Department of Public Works has 32 crews out around the clock treating streets. Most streets have been treated at least once, but with the cold temperatures not all of them are opening up. Further sunlight this afternoon should hasten snow and ice melting.