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Safety Tips to Combat Today & Tomorrow's Dangerous Arctic Cold

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

How to Prepare for Extreme Cold Weather

Today’s blast of arctic cold is dangerous. Catholic Charities is here to help.

The Bottom Line: Stay In. Stay Warm and Follow These Safety Tips:

1. Take Precautions:

  • Stay indoors
  • If you have to go out, bundle up
  • Check in on your family, neighbors, the elderly, or others with increased health risks

2 . If you suspect someone is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia:

  • Call 911 to get medical help.
  • Help the person by getting them to a warm place if possible,
  • Remove any damp clothing
  • Cover them with warm blankets.

3. People most at risk include those who:

  • Lack shelter
  • Live in homes without heat
  • Are 65 years of age or older
  • Have chronic medical conditions such as heart or lung disease 
  • Have serious mental illness or developmental disabilities
  • Are socially isolated, have limited mobility, or are unable to leave the house
  • Drink heavily or use drugs

4. If you see a homeless individual or family out in the cold:

  • Call 311 immediately
  • An outreach team will be dispatched to assist them
  • No one will be denied shelter

Receive Cold Weather Safety Information from NYC Health. The website provides:

  • Safe Home Heating Tips
  • What to Do if You Lose Heat or Hot Water
  • If You Need Emergency Heating Assistance