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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Saturday Feb.13 16,08:24 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Dire Dangers of Consumer Bought Fireworks & Unprofessional Usage

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Choose safety this July 4th and opt for professional fireworks displays instead of perilous displays carried out by the untrained public.

It seems like every year around the 4th of July you hear some terrible horror stories about fireworks displays gone wrong. The victims of the incidents suffering from bodily injuries, fire, property damage, and sometimes even death. Independence Day is supposed to be a time of joy, a time to reflect on the history of our country and celebrate what our country stands for. The holiday wouldn’t be the same without the booming sound of fireworks with their bright colors lighting up the night sky. Fireworks are to be enjoyed, but they are to be enjoyed safely and handled by trained professionals.

Organizations like the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks and the National Fire Protection Association urge the public to discontinue using consumer bought fireworks and instead to enjoy fireworks displays and shows conducted by trained experts. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2012 Fireworks Annual Report, “U.S. hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks-related injuries in 2012. In the month around July 4th, almost three out of five (57 percent) of the fireworks injuries were burns, while almost one-fifth (18 percent) were contusions or lacerations.” Even hand held sparklers, often thought of as the more family friendly and safe fireworks product, can heat up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. That is hot enough to cause third degree burns.

Fire and property damage are two other big consequences of consumer bought fireworks handled by nonprofessionals. In one of their Fire Analysis and Research studies the National Fire Protection Association found that, “In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.” These very fires have caused $32,000,000 in property damage and a typical year on Independence Day finds that 2 out of every 5 reported fires on this day are because of fireworks.

For the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you, it is essential that the untrained public refrain from setting off fireworks. Long Island is in no way devoid of fireworks shows and displays to enjoy this Fourth of July. Whether you want to view some spectacular explosions while sitting waterside, enjoy the show along with some dinner, or take the family out to a carnival followed by a fireworks display, all of the above and more are possible this Fourth of July weekend. Many upcoming festivals also offer fireworks shows throughout the summer months.

Also, for the added safety of your family during this celebratory holiday time keep a close watch on children wherever fireworks are in use. The risk of injuries from fireworks is highest between those ages 15-24. Children under the age of 10 are the next group with the highest percentage of fireworks related injuries. Opting to view a professionally put together and run firework show could truly save you and your family unnecessary pain and grief.

[Source: NFPA, NFPA]

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