Residents of The Big Apple have been told to practice the act of Hibernating and to spend this frosty winter day inside close quarters, just like bears and other animals. It is bear-y cold outside, folks.
What about the ones living without heat, or workers who have to be outdoors in this cold weather for a prolonged time can be dangerous. The mayor says to protect yourself and help others who may be at increased risk of health problems from the cold.
People most likely to be exposed to dangerous cold include those who lack shelter, work outdoors and/or live in homes with malfunctioning or inadequate heat. Seniors, infants, people with chronic cardiovascular or lung conditions, people using alcohol or drugs and people with cognitive impairments such as from dementia, serious mental illness or developmental disability are at increased risk.
The NYC Health Department recommends that you:
Avoid driving during heavy snowfall and blowing snow conditions.
Stay indoors as much as possible.
Report any loss of heat or hot water to property managers immediately, and call 311.
If your home lacks heat, get to a warm place and wear extra layers of dry, loose-fitting clothing.
Never use a gas stove to heat your home.
Never use a kerosene or propane space heater, charcoal grill or generator indoors.
If a carbon monoxide detector goes off in your home, call 911, quickly open a nearby window.
When outdoors, wear warm clothing and cover exposed skin. Use multiple layers for warmth.
Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls from icy conditions.
Check on neighbors, friends, relatives and clients (if you are a service provider)
If you need a prescription filled, do so before temperatures drop.