The forecast has worsened to bring a higher chance for extremely dangerous blizzard conditions in addition to the record low temperatures and wind chills. The National Weather Service is now predicting 3-7 inches of snow accumulation through Sunday afternoon, with some areas possibly seeing 10 inches. Temperatures will also remain dangerously cold through Monday.
Please message your clients with the updated snowfall forecast and urge them to stay indoors and reschedule any necessary appointments. Please see attached for full updated weather forecast and winter weather safety tips. Thank you and stay warm.
During the coldest conditions New Yorkers often turn to space heaters, gas heaters and ovens to stay warm. Hundreds die each year from fires caused by dangerous heating sources. Please share these home heating tips and carbon monoxide warnings with your clients:
SAFE HOME HEATING TIPS
Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely.
Fire safety tips:
� Use only portable heating equipment that is approved for indoor use.
� Keep combustible materials, including furniture, drapes, and carpeting at least three feet away from the heat source. NEVER drape clothes over a space heater to dry.
� Always keep an eye on heating equipment. Never leave children alone in the room where a space heater is running. Turn it off when you are unable to closely monitor it.
� Be careful not to overload electrical circuits.
� Make sure you have a working smoke detector in every room. Check and change batteries often.
Carbon monoxide safety tips:
� Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and check them regularly to make sure the batteries are working. NYC law requires owners to provide and install at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm within 15 feet of the primary entrance to each sleeping room.
� Make sure your heating system is kept clean and properly vented; have worn or defective parts replaced.
� Kerosene heaters and propane space heaters are dangerous and illegal in New York City.
� Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven.
� Never use any gas-powered appliance, charcoal grill, or hibachi indoors.
� Never run a car or truck in a garage or enclosed area. Clear exhaust pipes before starting a car or truck after it snows.
� The most common symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning is headache. However, symptoms may also include dizziness, chest pain, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, people can become increasingly irritable, agitated and confused, eventually becoming lethargic and lapsing into unconsciousness.
� If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, open windows, leave your home, get to fresh air immediately, and call 911.
What to Do if You Lose Heat or Hot Water at Home
Any New York City tenant without adequate heat or hot water should first speak with the building owner, manager, or superintendent. If the problem is not corrected, tenants should call 311. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will take measures to ensure your heat and hot water is restored.
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For forecast updates, visit the National Weather Service online. http://www.weather.gov/nyc.
For more helpful tips for staying warm and safe, view NYC Emergency Management's winter weather video, or visit NYC.gov/Emergency Management. New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City's free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about traffic and transit disruptions and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit NYC.gov/notifynyc, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
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Special Needs Coordinator
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Human Services Emergency Preparedness Specialist
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