2004-01-16 / Community

NYC Suggest Precautions for Cold

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.

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