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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

How to stay safe and warm in extreme cold

Exposure to temperatures near freezing, combined with strong winds, for an extended period of time can cause serious medical problems.

To be safe, follow these tips:

When you are outside:

  • Be aware of the wind chill factor
  • Wear layers, hat, and gloves
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Work slowly when doing outside chores

You should check on neighbors, children, the elderly and chronically ill to make sure they are okay.

We also suggest that all pets be moved indoors or to a warm place with unfrozen water to drink.

Use extra caution when using heaters and generators.  Use the following tips to protect your family from carbon monoxide.

  • Keep grills, camp stoves, and generators out of the house and garage
  • Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house.
  • Leave your home immediately if the carbon monoxide detector sounds and call 911

If your temperature is 96°F or less, you feel cold and sluggish, or are having trouble thinking clearly, see your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room you may have hypothermia.

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Last updated: 2/16/2017 4:38:27 PM

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