Codes advises caution when using supplemental heating systems

CHENANGO COUNTY – A winter cold spell combined with winds of 5 to 10 miles per hour are expected to drastically drop temperatures Thursday night through Friday morning, meaning more and more people will be looking for inexpensive ways to keep their homes warm.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Wind Chill Advisory from 11 tonight through 6 p.m. on Friday. The weather service expects the combination of arctic air and high winds to drop temperatures to -10 to -20 degrees. The cold temperatures could cause frostbite in 30 minutes or less.

City Code Enforcement Officer Jason Lawrence said he believes many people will try to offset their heating costs by using supplemental heating units during the cold spell. He advised using extreme caution when utilizing such devices.

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