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Winter Weather

February 9, 2010 | Risk Management

New York City winters can cause serious risk due to inclement conditions of extreme cold, heavy snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain.  Winter weather results in hundreds of deaths in the United States each year, due in part to traffic accidents, fires from improper use of heaters, overexertion, and exposure.  Hypothermia and frostbite also pose threats, and can lead to loss of fingers and toes or injury to vital organs.  Additionally, nor’easters – coastal storms experienced in the Northeastern United States that compound typical winter storm hazards with high winds and coastal flooding – can disrupt power, cause structural damage, and create transportation difficulties.  It is important to take precautions and prepare for winter weather-related dangers.    Here are a couple tips from the NYC Office of Emergency Management:  stay warm by wearing layers and covering your head with a hat, hood or scarf; stay dry; avoid overexertion outside; and walk carefully to avoid slippery conditions.  For more information, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/winter.shtml.