RHINELANDER - Health officials urge people to stay indoors the next few days to avoid health problems caused by frigid temperatures.
But staying inside your home can be dangerous if you don't heat it properly.
The most common cold weather emergencies Rhinelander firefighters respond to are fires caused by portable heaters.
But it's not just the heaters that cause fires.
It's the extension cords used to power them.
"People overuse them. They join them together. In fact, we recommend if you need an extension cord to buy a power strip. That's got the circuit breaker built in to it so if the appliance were to overheat, the circuit breaker would trip," said Rhinelander Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig Metz.
People using portable heaters should place them in the middle of a room to avoid a fire hazard.
They shouldn't run extension cords through doorways.
The cords can bend, causing them to wear down.
Firefighters don't respond to as many chimney or oven fires as they did a few years ago.
New furnaces and the ability for more people to have heat through heating assistance programs have helped reduce the use of ovens and fires.
But a furnace can still pose a danger.
"You want to make sure the intake and the exhaust on your furnace is kept clean. We see that quite a bit where the snow banks will block off the exhaust of the furnace," explained Metz.
Exhaust can build up, creating deadly carbon monoxide levels if the snow isn't cleared.
Firefighters say now is a perfect time to check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to be sure they're working.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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