WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County could experience some of the coldest conditions the region has seen in nearly two decades late Sunday with actual departures falling to zero degrees or below in some spots.
Here are some tips for keeping warm and safe during this bitter cold snap from the American Red Cross and Centers for Disease Control:
- Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
- Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
- If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
- Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
- Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
- Don't forget about your car: Keep a full gas tank to avoid icing in the tank and fuel lines.
- Prepare a winter emergency kit for your vehicle that includes: Blankets, water, food, jumper cables and a first aid kit.
- Ensure that your cell phone is completely charged.
- Be prepared to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill.
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