NYC Suggest Precautions for Cold
With freezing temperatures to return this week, the Department of Health has suggested the following health and safety precautions to take during the winter season:
• Wear a hat, hood or scarf, as most heat is lost through the head.
• Dress warmly in layers of clothing, rather than a single outerwear item, to provide better insulation from the cold.
• Keep clothing dry. If clothing becomes wet while outside, change into dry clothes as soon as possible.
• Drinking alcohol increases the risk of hypothermia and frostbite.
Indoor precautions to take during the cold weather season include:
• Ensure all fuel-burning equipment in the home is operating properly, ventilated and regularly inspected by a professional to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Electric heaters should be used with extreme caution to avoid shock, fire and burns.
• Keep combustible material (furniture, drapes and carpeting) at least three feet from a heat source.
• Gas ovens and burners should never be used in the home in place of central heating or portable heaters.
• Portable fuel-burning heaters are illegal for indoor use in New York City. Use only equipment that is approved for indoor use.