City issues safety tips for extreme cold weather

It won't be snowing this week, but the temperatures will be cold enough for snow!

It won’t be snowing this week, but the temperatures will be cold enough for snow!

Bundle up, Middle Village, it’s getting frighteningly cold out there.

The city’s Emergency Management Department says New Yorkers should prepare for bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills this week. The National Weather Service says temperatures will average out to 19 degrees.

It will be especially frigid at nighttime, when it will drop to single digit wind chills.

Use caution when outdoors, and remember to check up on your neighbors, friends and relatives.

The city issued the following safety tips to get through this next week:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • If you have to go outdoors, wear dry, warm clothing and cover exposed skin.¬†Keep fingertips, earlobes and noses covered.¬†Wear a hat, hood, scarf and gloves.
  • Shivering is the first sign that the body is losing heat. That’s a signal to return indoors.
  • If you work outdoors, your employer should implement safe work practices, like protective equipment.
  • Limit your alcohol intake. It causes your body to lose heat faster.

Remember, prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to hypothermia, frostbite and other medical conditions.

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