2018-01-10 / Front Page

Infants, Toddlers, Seniors Vulnerable To Frigid Temps

By Liz Goff
The recent blustery chill marked the frigid appearance of Old Man Winter, with temperatures dipping below zero for several consecutive days and nights.

Meteorologists and weather experts agree that severe winter weather should be taken very seriously, since it can be dangerous to both you and your property.

No one anticipated the Christmas blizzard of 2010, or the piles of snow and frigid temperatures that tore through the metropolitan area during that winter, weather experts said.

“We can use scientific and other tools to determine what the winter is likely to bring,” weather experts said. “But when you come right down to it, Mother Nature is going to do whatever she wants – and there is no predicting that.”

Meteorologists, physicians and senior support groups are urging members of the 50-plus community and parents of young children to take precautions when weathermen predict frigid temperatures.

Infants, toddlers and seniors are the most vulnerable to frigid and cold weather,” experts said. “Young children should be bundled up with warm jackets, hats, scarves and gloves or mittens when they head out into frigid weather. Likewise, seniors should take extra precautions to make sure they are bundled up and waterproof when venturing into the cold weather.

Coty health officials are urging parents of infants and toddlers to make sure the children are covered with blankets when heading out in strollers or other carriages. “Remember, these very young children aren’t moving as much as adults and older children and for that reason they must be sufficiently protected from the cold and wet weather,” officials said.

The following is a compilation of National Weather Service terms and what they really mean, tips from weather authorities on how to cope with harsh weather and ways to cope with severe cold, snow or icy conditions:

  • Freezing Rain Advisory:

Minor accumulation of ice, due to freezing rain is expected.

  • Winter Weather Advisory:

A minor accumulation of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected.

  • Snow Advisory:

Accumulations of one to four inches expected within a 12-hour period.

  • Blizzard Warning:

Strong winds, blinding driven snow, and dangerous wind chill are expected in the next several hours.

Ol’ Man Winter: Time To Stay Warm and Dry

  • Wear hats, scarves, layer and water-repellent coats. Wear mittens instead of gloves – they are warmer.
  • Make sure small children – especially infants – stay warm, because infants can easily suffer from frostbite under conditions that would not necessarily be as dangerous for adults.
  • Cover your mouth. Protect your lungs from extremely cold air by covering your mouth when outdoors.
  • Avoid overexertion. Take your time while shoveling snow or pushing a car. Stretch before you go out and drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffinated beverages.
  • Be sure to clear snow from your tail pipe before you start your car, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

How Can You Safely Warm Your Home or Apartment?

Many fires and emergencies are caused each year in Queens from unsafe heating. Call 311 for a fire inspection if you are unsure whether your heat source is safe, and follow the following tips:

  • If you do not have heat, contact your building owner. If hear is not restored, contact the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development at 311.
  • Fuel-burning items such as furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters and clothes dryers should be working, ventilated and inspected by a professional regularly, in order to prevent unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Electric heaters should be used with extreme caution to prevent shock, fire and burns. FDNY officials said space heaters should never be connected to extension cords, or used if wires are frayed.
  • Materials near heaters should be kept at least three feet from the heat source, to prevent fire.
  • Gas ovens and burners should never be used to heat your home.

For additional information on how to cope with changing weather, logon to www.national weather service.com

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