With some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter upon us, the American Red Cross urges residents to be take the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families safe. Along with health risks associated with the cold, these frigid temperatures can also increase the risk of home fires.
Year after year, the Greater NY Red Cross sees a spike in fires during the coldest periods of the year. This spike can sometimes be attributed to unsafe home heating methods.
Since yesterday alone, the Greater NY Red Cross has assisted nearly 80 New Yorkers following 16 local emergencies in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley. At each incident, the Red Cross is there to provide emergency assistance in the form of health and emotional support, blankets, temporary housing, food, clothing and more. Given this increase in demand for Red Cross services, our teams remain mobilized to assist as needed.
HOME HEATING SAFETY. Please see the following home heating safety tips below:
COLD WEATHER SAFETY. People should consider the following:
We also encourage all residents to download our free Red Cross First Aid App (available at the Apple /Android store) which includes a variety of useful preparedness info.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit www.redcross.org/prepare.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.