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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...from 15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Cold 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. * Wind impacts...scattered tree limbs and branches downed. Isolated power outages. 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 Jmc , "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 16,06:36 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Risk of Skin Cancer from Indoor Tanning Has FDA Reclassifying Products and Mandating New Labels

National & World News, Health & Wellness

Indoor tanning poses skin cancer risks. The FDA has issued a final order reclassifying indoor tanning beds, tanning booths and other sunlamp products and UV ...

From tanning beds, tanning booths to other sunlamp products and ultra violet (UV) lamps, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Thursday that it is reclassifying the use of these products and devices from low-risk to moderate-risk. Sunlamp products are also now going to be required to carry a visible black-box warning that the product should not be used on persons under the age of 18 years.

The emission of UV radiation from tanning beds and tanning booths may cause cancer. There is a 59 percent increase risk of getting melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

“Repeated UV exposure from sunlamp products poses a risk of skin cancer for all users – but the highest risk for skin cancer is in young persons under the age of 18 and people with a family history of skin cancer,” according to Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Some sunlamp products and UV lamps will now also need to carry the additional warning and contraindications: “Persons repeatedly exposed to UV radiation should be regularly evaluated for skin cancer.”

New tanning equipment must have the appropriate labels on it in 90 days and existing equipment by late next year.

In May 2013, the FDA issued similar guidelines as a draft rule, but now it’s officially final.

The government has been monitoring these products and devices for 30 years and there is clearly an increased rate of melanoma between those ages 15 and 29 and the use of it.

While the final rule advises those young from using tanning equipment, it does not prohibit tanning salons from serving those under age 18. It allows parents to make the decision for their children.

Pressure has been placed on states and Congress to take steps for such a ban though. The FDA also noted that action of that type is something it is “willing to consider,” said Nancy Stade, deputy director for policy at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the FDA, in reporting from CNN. “But this is not what we are addressing today.”

[Source: FDA; CNN.]

Photo by Evil Erin, via Wikimedia Commons.

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