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December 15, 2013

The Tonawandas: Taking care in winter weather


Tonawanda News — Some organizations may be doing well now ... but that might not be the case in a few months when the holiday rush has died down. Jill O'Malley of the Ken-Ton Closet said the organization has many donated coats and items now, but that it will likely see a resurgence of need once the chill of winter has truly set in and the shelves could be getting a little emptier.

"We're going to see a surge in February and March," she said, "But right now we're pretty well set."


As the winter conditions worsened this week, the Erie County Department of Health issued a reminder about the importance of proper preparation and cold-weather conditions.

“Dealing with extreme cold and snow removal can put a tremendous strain on your body” said Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health in a release from the department. “Working in the cold, including snow shoveling or using a snow blower puts an added strain on your heart which can lead to heart attacks. Especially when you have high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease, be sure to follow your personal physician’s advice before undertaking such strenuous activities.”

The statement continued: “Prolonged exposure to extreme cold can also cause hypothermia or frostbite. Pay attention to your body’s signals such as shivering. Shivering is the first sign your body is losing heat; if you cannot stop shivering it is a clear signal to go indoors. Prolonged exposure to the cold may bring about serious and dangerous conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia which can be deadly.”

Other tips from the ECDOH include:

• Keep adequate supplies on hand at home, including non-perishable food, water, extra blankets, a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, one week supply of essential medications and flashlights with extra batteries. 

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