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How A Cold Home Can Be Dangerous


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How A Cold Home Can Be Dangerous


Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are common sources of lead poisoning in children. Other sources include contaminated air, water and soil. Adults who work with batteries, do home renovations or work in auto repair shops also might be exposed to lead.


Lead-based paints for homes, children's toys and household furniture have been banned in the United States since 1978. But lead-based paint is still on walls and woodwork in many older homes and apartments. Most lead poisoning in children results from eating chips of deteriorating lead-based paint.


Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia (hi-poe-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C).


While you wait for emergency help to arrive, gently move the person inside if possible. Jarring movements can trigger dangerous irregular heartbeats. Carefully remove his or her wet clothing, replacing it with warm, dry coats or blankets.


Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it produces it. The most common causes of hypothermia are exposure to cold-weather conditions or cold water. But prolonged exposure to any environment colder than your body can lead to hypothermia if you aren't dressed appropriately or can't control the conditions.


In addition, the use of alcohol or recreational drugs can affect your judgment about the need to get inside or wear warm clothes in cold-weather conditions. If a person is intoxicated and passes out in cold weather, he or she is likely to develop hypothermia.


Water doesn't have to be extremely cold to cause hypothermia. Any water that's colder than normal body temperature causes heat loss. The following tips may increase your survival time in cold water if you accidentally fall in:


Governor Kathy Hochul today urged New Yorkers to prepare for dangerous cold temperatures and wind chills through Saturday morning. Several regions across the state, including parts of Western and Central NY, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Capital District, are forecast to experience below freezing temperatures and wind chills as low as -30 degrees. The below zero temperatures bring an increased risk of hypothermia and frostbite, as well as an increased risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning from alternative heating sources such as portable space heaters and fuel-burning appliances.


Colder air is expected to overspread impacted areas beginning today and continuing through Saturday morning for several locations. Temperatures will drop as low as -30 degrees for some locations tonight into early Friday morning, with northwest winds of 5-10 mph expected across the region. The coldest wind chills are expected between 5 and 9 a.m. Friday with winds expected to weaken as the day progresses. More dangerously cold weather is expected again for most of the same impacted areas Friday night through Saturday morning. For the most current weather warnings, watches and advisories in your area, please visit the National Weather Service Public Alerts website.


Those New Yorkers who have already used up their regular benefit and are now facing disconnection from or an exhaustion of their heating source may apply for an emergency benefit. A home heated with natural gas is eligible for up to $465, while a home using oil, kerosene or propane is eligible for up to $965.


Under state regulation, a Code Blue is automatically in effect whenever the temperature and wind chill equals less than 32 degrees. Local social services districts are legally required to take necessary steps to ensure the homeless have access to shelter and that shelter hours are extended.


Heating equipment is among the leading causes of home fires nationally and in New York State. Take a few simple steps to significantly reduce the possibili




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